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National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Dubuque, IA View map Visit website
Rating 4.9 out of 5
12 reviews
$2k - $4k For 100 Guests

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$2k - $4k For 100 Guests

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is a unique wedding venue in Dubuque, Iowa. Offering stunning riverside vistas and intriguing marine exhibits, this event facility is ideal for couples seeking a one-of-a-kind experience. The professional staff is dedicated to providing warm hospitality and excellent service, as well as careful attention to the natural environment.

Facilities and Capacity

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium can accommodate weddings of up to 250 guests with several event spaces available. Couples can exchange their vows in an outdoor ceremony at the Plaza Pavilion or on a small private patio. Both areas offer stunning waterfront views of the Mississippi River and a small pond. After saying "I do," couples can continue the celebrations indoors at the aquarium. The Discovery Center is an open gallery space featuring museum displays as an eyecatching backdrop, and up to 250 guests can be seated here for the reception. For those seeking a more intimate space, the Train Depot fits up to 100 guests for a sit-down meal. With rustic wooden floors and neutral walls, this charming room is suitable for small weddings, rehearsal dinners, and after-parties.

Services Offered

Various services are available at National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, including catering, bartending, and event planning. With the help of the attentive staff, to-be-weds can organize their wedding according to their tastes and preferences. The events team can provide the essentials, including linens, flatware, and china. They will also manage the set-up and tear-down of furniture at the end of the night. Conveniently, the venue offers wireless internet, parking, and wheelchair-accessible facilities.

Cuisine

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium partners with J&D Catering to provide an array of delicious cuisines. Couples can choose from several menu options to suit their palate and dietary requirements. Plated dinners, buffet stations, and hors d'oeuvres are some of the available dining options. The venue bar offers a variety of alcoholic beverages to accompany the meal, including house wine, champagne, and signature drinks.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$1,400

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$1,400

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$700

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$500

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Chairs
China
Clean Up
Flatware
Glassware
Linens
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Server(s)

What is the starting price per person for bar service?

$75

Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Bartender(s)

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

4

Describe your venue:

Museum

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Covered Outdoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Elopements
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Clean Up
Event Planner
Get Ready Rooms
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Chairs
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
March
December

12 Reviews

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    Linda S. Married on 03/18/2022
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    A magical evening

    Beautiful and very unique venue. Our guests were in such awe of how gorgeous the place was. I definitely felt like a princess in my very own love story on a perfect evening!
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    Morgan Married on 09/05/2021
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    Flexible to our changing COVID needs

    This venue turned out to be perfect for several reasons. We chose it initially because we had a large invite list and needed a place that would accommodate large parties. Due to the pandemic, most of our guests were unable to travel or attend. But, with the boatyard on site, the event coordinator for the museum was able to change our reception to an outdoor event for additional COVID safety. She also ensured only vaccinated staff worked our event at our request. She worked directly with our other vendors to help us get a tent and outdoor seating only six weeks before our event, which also happened to be scheduled for the Labor Day weekend. Finally, she was able to get special requests for our bar, including local craft beers. Also an easy walk across a bridge to the hotels downtown, which was important with a serious lack of Uber and taxis that weekend. With the sunset views in the boatyard and the active river otters, the event could not have been more perfect.
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    Kathy J. Married on 04/03/2021
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    The Wedding of their Dreams

    My daughter got married in the Train Station which is a beautiful setting and had their reception in the Museum and it turned out to be the wedding of their dreams. Terri and her staff were so organized, professional and helpful throughout the entire process. When it came time for the final walk thru she wanted to make sure she knew how we wanted everything and she had lots of great suggestions. We had an Arch for the wedding that was movable so we could utilize it at the reception for pictures, which was a big hit, we had it in front of the aquarium so we had fish as the background. The food was really good and the beverage service was really easy to access. I'm so glad we chose to have their wedding there. I can't wait to see all the pictures from our photographer.

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Always impressed with the Valentine Dinner at the National River Museum! Thank you for another lovely, fun filled evening, and delicious dinner in such beautiful atmosphere. We will plan on visiting the river museum throughout the year! Lisa

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350 E. 3rd Street Dubuque, IA, 52001
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