Located on the Mississippi River in charming Dubuque, Iowa, the River Museum can help you create all the details for the perfect event, from beautiful tables to a delicious menu served by our exclusive caterer. The River Museum includes ideal settings for indoor or outdoor ceremonies, mingling over cocktails, receptions, and dancing the night away.

Our included wedding services

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium wants to take the stress away so we have many additional services that are already included in your rental. Did you know that we will set up your centerpieces and take them down for you? 

Please read below all our wedding services that are included when you book your dream wedding here:

  • Professionally Attired Service Staff
  • Our Staff Set Up and Tear Down your Decorations with some exceptions
  • Complimentary Cocktail Tables for Cocktail Hour
  • Guest Table, Cocktail Table, and Banquet Table Linens in White, Ivory, or Black (napkins and top cloths)
  • Skirted Gift, Entrance, Memorial, Place Card, Appetizers, Buffet, Beverage, and Dessert Tables
  • Floor Length Linens for Head Table
  • Elegant China, Glassware and Flatware
  •  Use of Table Number Stands
  • Use of Cake Knife and Server
  • Complimentary Cake Cutting and Service
  • Complimentary Champagne Toast for Head Table upon request
  • Complimentary Get Ready Board Room
  • Our Sales and Banquet Manager will provide assistance with planning along the way
  • Our Sales and Banquet Manager will assist with your wedding rehearsal the day before and be there the entire time on the day of your wedding

Event Spaces

plaza wedding

Boatyard, Plaza, and Patio

Harbor side open-air Plaza Pavilion, ideal for larger outdoor ceremonies; open-air Boatyard with waterfront views, ideal for outdoor ceremonies and tented events; and private Patio outside Train Depot overlooking pond, ideal for smaller outdoor ceremonies.  Plaza and Boatyard - Accommodates up to 200 guests each
Patio - Accommodates up to 125 guests 

train depot wedding

Historic Train Depot

Charming, historic space perfect for ceremonies, intimate receptions, bridal showers, and rehearsal dinners.
Accommodates up to 100 guests for a reception and 200 guests for a ceremony

first floor wedding setup

Mississippi River Center Discovery Center

First Floor
Open gallery and exhibit space ideal for larger events.
Accommodates up to 250 guests

second floor wedding

Mississippi River Center Discovery Center

Second Floor
Open gallery and exhibit space ideal for larger events.  
Accommodates up to 250 guests; however, this space is only available during certain months of the year.  Please ask about availability.


The River Museum offers clients the use of our exclusive caterer – J&D Catering – who can provide a range of menu options including special dietary needs. All food service, as well as event setup and cleanup, is included in the rental fee.

  • Cocktail Receptions
  • Buffets
  • Stations
  • Plated, sit-down dinners

2024 catering menu

Bar Service

The River Museum handles all beverage services for any event, along with bartender staffing.

  • Hosted Bars
  • Cash Bars
  • Hosted Keg Beer Service
  • Drink Tickets
  • Signature Cocktail Menus

Have Questions or ready to book?

We look forward to working with you. Contact our team for further information and pricing.

Please contact Teri Witt, Sales & Banquet Manager, at 563-557-9545 or teri@rivermuseum.org for further information and pricing.

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