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National Great Rivers Museum

2 Lock and Dam Way
Alton, IL 62002
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P: (618) 462-6979
P: (877) 462-6979F: (618) 462-7650

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Hours of Operation
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For group reservations, call (800) 258-6645

4.5 of 5 bubbles
88 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2018
National Great Rivers Museum

Opened in October 2003, this state-of-the-art museum is dedicated to telling the story of life on the Mighty Mississippi River and how it has shaped our culture, history, economy, ecology and people of the region. The National Great Rivers Museum has more than 20 interactive displays focusing on the cycles of the river, nature, barge traffic, water consumption and much more. Visitors may also choose to watch the 30-minute film, Power of the River. The National Great Rivers Museum is located at the Melvin Price Locks & Dam #26, adjacent to local bike trails.

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Certificate of Excellence 2018
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Recent Reviews
PinkFloydfan125
Trip type:
Family
Fantastic tour
Jun 22, 2018
The day we went was a day with scattered showers all day. Kevin, our tour guide told us that we probably wouldnt be able to go on the upper walk... more »
Wanda H
Mascoutah, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Definitely worth a visit!
Jun 16, 2018
This place is laid out very nicely and good for all ages. VERY informative and interesting!!! We didn't do the lock and damn tour but I'm sure it would have... more »
chuckie_css
Olney, Illinois
Trip type:
Solo travel
pretty neat visit
May 20, 2018
Drove past here a bunch of times and finally stopped for a visit. The museum has some interesting stuff about the Mississippi, and Missouri rivers. You can take a tour... more »
MeryMeCo
Galesburg, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Wish we had been twenty minutes earlier
May 19, 2018
We just missed the tour. It would have been interesting to hear how the lock and dam worked. There was a big group of kids going around so we had... more »
wrco25
Chicago, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
One BIG A** lock and dam!
Apr 26, 2018
Great lock and dam, just wish we could have been closer, we live in a town where we can go to the observation deck and watch the barges come through... more »
1-5 of 88 Reviews

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National Great Rivers Museum

Opened in October 2003, this state-of-the-art museum is dedicated to telling the story of life on the Mighty Mississippi River and how it has shaped our culture, history, economy, ecology and people of the region. The National Great Rivers Museum has more than 20 interactive displays focusing on the cycles of the river, nature, barge traffic, water consumption and much more. Visitors may also choose to watch the 30-minute film, Power of the River. The National Great Rivers Museum is located at the Melvin Price Locks & Dam #26, adjacent to local bike trails.

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