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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
95 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.


Special Presentation by Yolandea Wood
October 05, 2018
6:00pm to 7:00pm

Rock the Lock
October 12, 2018
6:00pm to 9:00pm

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National Great Rivers Museum
#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL 62002
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Certificate of Excellence 2018
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Recent Reviews
Rbj2040
Alton, Illinois
Trip type:
Friends getaway
Nice Spot
Sep 16, 2018
The exhibit is well organized to inform but not to overwhelm. The drive back seems long but you get to watch the magic of boats going through the lock right... more »
Erick L
Trip type:
Friends getaway
Fun + Educational
Aug 29, 2018
We stopped in the area to take some photos of some pelicans. When I noticed there was a museum there., what the heck let's go in and check it out.... more »
barbaracU1473MC
Saint Louis, Missouri
Trip type:
Family
Family visit
Aug 27, 2018
My adult son advised us of this museum/ Dam & we decided along with him to visit museum and tour the dam. So close to home I live in Florissant... more »
391kente
Alton, Illinois
Trip type:
Family
Close to Home
Aug 21, 2018
Took my nephew and we loved all the interactive stuff, he really liked the river out front, he had to walk on every island. Workers there were nice. we will... more »
EmFruit
Saint Louis Missouri
Dated, but still interesting
Aug 15, 2018
The things they have have not changed for a long time, but it is still interesting for kids under 12. more »
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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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