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Situated on the Banks of the Mighty Mississippi

Experience the sights and sounds of the mighty Mississippi River at the National Mississippi River Museum + Aquarium this season. This Smithsonian Affiliate Museum offers an award winning look at life underwater all along the longest river in the United States. Touch a stingray in the Delta, see an alligator on the Bayou, and so much more!

River Life Upclose

Have a hands on experience with wildlife of the river through nine living collections, full of fun for all ages. Take an educational trip down the river seeing everything from cute and playful otters of the north to alligators of the Louisiana Bayou. Or why not touch a stingray in the museum’s latest exhibit, Down in the Delta, featuring a 2,250 gallon touch pool, mangrove habitat and upside-down jellyfish.

become immersed

Immerse yourself in the fascinating natural world at the 4D Theater. Dramatic sound effects, wind, mist, smells, and movement will transport you directly into the featured film for a truly unique viewing experience.

Now Playing: Extreme Weather 3D by National Geographic.
Be a storm chaser for an afternoon following tornadoes, hurricanes, thunderstorms and more. See what it takes to track these extreme natural phenomena.

featured exhibits

Currently on display is National Geographic Monsterfish, open May 14, 2017 through October 11, 2017. Discover the biggest monsters lurking in the mighty Mississippi River and beyond. You won’t believe that there are 500 pound fish living in fresh bodies of water!

Stay up to date on the latest exhibits National Mississippi River Museum + Aquarium, where there is always something new to discover.

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