The National Mississippi River Museum And Its Glory
Kevin and I went to the National Mississippi River Museum for a day trip, and we had a great time! There was so much to see and do, right there in Dubuque, IA. There was great information, lots to keep involved in, and tons to see. If someone needs a little push to go see it, I will go into more detail on why you should. Take the whole family there on a trip and have great fun.
Even though it is called the National Mississippi River Museum, they have loads of information on everywhere in the United States. Anything related to water was pretty much presented and described; it talked about the dams around the United States and how we forged the great rivers to fit our needs. It is an interesting history to find out about. There are even different types of fish to go see and learn about. Not only that but other animals live at the museum and on the river as well: an alligator, a bald eagle, snakes, toads, turtles and more. There are exhibits which let you pet stingrays and fish (you have not lived until you have pet a stingray). The exhibit even covers pollution and human effects on the water–so much to learn.
The museum talks about famous people who lived and thrived on the Mississippi River. There are many artists, musicians, and writers who worked to capture the powerful Mississippi with their art. Louie Armstrong and Mark Twain are only two examples of people who made their living by the river–there are so many others who did as well. Who does not love learning about Lewis and Clark’s adventures exploring the United States? You can read about their journey and other explorers as well.
Another important part of the Mississippi River is the steamboats and their captains. These people are definitely worth learning about. Who doesn’t want to learn about a steamboat? There is so much to discover about steamboats. They show how the steamboats were constructed, and the parts which help them to run. There is even a boat shop which shows you different tools used to repair or construct the boats. Everybody can board the William M. Black itself and see what it was like being on the boat. It has so much to offer and rooms to explore. The view from the steamboat was amazing as well– with the Museum right on the Mississippi River.
Yearly, the National Mississippi River Museum holds an exhibit, and we went during the Da Vinci exhibit. There was so much to learn about his ingenuity as an artist and inventor. I never realized how expansive his skills were (I’ve only known him as an artist). He only created twelve paintings, the rest were inventions of his. He invented the pulley system, gears, worked on learning to walk on water, and had Roman influences. There was so much to learn about Da Vinci alone. It will still be there until October 8th of 2018 (so if you read this post by then, make a plan to go and see it).
There is so much to see and do at the National Mississippi River Museum, and it is all family fun. Whether it is seeing what I mentioned, or going to see the 3D and 4D movies available, it is definitely worthwhile. There are some outdoor exhibits, which are where the steamboats are, but there is a lot to do inside in case of nasty weather. So, go learn some of our own histories. You will never know when the information may be gone.