January 2018

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium and Humanities Iowa announce a $20,000 Council Conducted Partnership to support the Museum & Aquarium’s forthcoming exhibit, River of Innovation.

Visitors to the new exhibit will explore how the river has affected and continues to affect technology and innovation. River of Innovation aims to inspire the next generation of river explorers and will be comprised of a 19th century belt-driven machine shop, a series of hands-on exhibits and a modern maker space. These elements will be combined with educational components to form a cohesive and immersive set of experiences for visitors and learners while balancing the Museum & Aquarium’s historical, cultural and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) concentrations.

“We are excited to partner with Humanities Iowa on this project and are appreciative of their support. It is Humanities Iowa’s mission to promote understanding and appreciation of the people, communities, culture, and stories of importance to Iowa and the nation. River of Innovation will tell the stories of the people in our backyard who have kept innovating and kept moving forward,” said Kurt Strand, President and CEO of the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium.

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is part of the Dubuque County Historical Society and sits on a 14-acre waterfront campus visited by 250,000 annual visitors. The institution houses 1,884 animals representing 214 species and stewards more than 50,000 items in our historical collection. The Museum & Aquarium’s mission is to inspire stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive.