Prepare to take an entertaining and informative journey as you join our educators in exploring the National Mississippi River Museum! 

Our programming provides many STEM-based options that you can take back to your classroom! All visits must be booked two weeks in advance to receive group rate pricing and reserve staff for guided tours and educational programs.

*Pricing is based on groups of 15 or more. One adult/chaperone is required for every 15 students. 
** Receive a discount when scheduling your group's visit between July - February.

Making a Reservation 

An inquiry form must be submitted first.

Contact our education team at 563-557-9545 x222 or with questions.

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Tour Group Pricing

Self-guided Student Field Trip

Student* $10.95 (Prime Rate $9.95)** | Adult $15.95

Be your own tour guide on this self-guided tour of the Mississippi River Center and National River Center.

2-Hour Guided Student Field Trip

Student* $12.95 (Prime Rate $11.95)** | Adult $16.95

Hit the highlights on this shorter version of our indoor 3-hr guided tour in the Mississippi River Center and National River Center.

3-Hour Indoor/Outdoor Guided Student Field Trip

Student* $13.95 (Prime Rate $12.95)** | Adult $17.95

Explore the inside and outside areas of the museum campus, including the William M. Black dredge boat (weather permitting).

Self-Guided College Tours

Student $11.95

Explore the entire National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium campus at your leisure.


University of Dubuque Heritage Center

Prepare for a full STEAM experience through our partnership with the University of Dubuque Heritage Center! Students can attend a play in the morning and tour the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in the afternoon.

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Add a Historical or Scientific Program

Looking to delve even deeper? Expand your group’s experience with an educational program! Programs are billed at a flat fee of $45 for up to 25 students, plus $1.25 for each additional student after that. To ensure the best possible learning environment, some programs are limited to a maximum number of students. In these cases, larger groups will be subdivided, and additional program sessions will be offered.

Full list of available programs

3D/4D Movie Theater

Located in the National River Center, our immersion theater presents large-format 3D sights and 4D special effects, including dramatic sound, wind, mist, seat movement, and smells. Films average 40 minutes in length and can be added to any visit for $2.95/person with a minimum of 15 students. Movies are listed on our plan your visit page. You can also call us to find out what will be playing during your visit.


Save time for lunch! Enjoy sack lunches in one of our designated eating areas or order off the menu of our Harbor View Grill.

Museum Store

Let students bring home a keepsake from the Museum & Aquarium. Reserve some shopping time in the Museum Store or purchase gift bags for a pre-determined amount.