The 12,000-square foot National Great Rivers Museum is located on the Meeting of the Great Rivers National Scenic Byway at the Melvin Price Locks and Dam #26. Adjacent to the regional bike trails and situated on the banks of the Mississippi River, this museum is dedicated to telling the story of the people, nature, and wildlife that have shaped our river throughout history. The museum is packed with 20 highly interactive and computer animated exhibits that illustrate the impact of the Mississippi River on our people and our region.
Public Lock Tours
History of the Museum
Constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers as a component of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, the museum structure was completed in 1998 at a price of $6 million. The completed museum features an exhibit gallery that is approximately 7,000 square feet, a multi-purpose classroom with Distance Learning capabilities, a theater with seating for 100, with state-of-the-art audio-visual components, and a gift shop.
Exhibits and Displays
Throughout history, people have relied on the Mississippi River. It has played an important role historically, culturally and ecologically for both nature and humans. The journey down the Mississippi River begins with exhibit space dedicated to establishing the importance of the river, as well as telling the story of the forces that change the river’s course over time. See how ongoing cycling forces shape life on the river at interactive computer displays, discover the habitats along the river, find out more about the ancient beginning of the river as told by the majestic bluffs, and experience where the great rivers meet.
Visitors begin their journey down the Mississippi River with an introductory exhibit establishing the importance of the Mississippi River. Throughout history, people have valued and relied upon the Mississippi River. Within this exhibit space, visitors can explore additional displays that capture the life and natural forces of the river.
Locks and Dam System
The Melvin Price Locks and Dam is considered by many to be a national marvel of engineering right here on the Mississippi River. While examining the history and development of the locks and dam system, visitors can explore a number of displays showing how the locks and dam are used along the river.
People and the River
People do not always realize how much the water and the environment play an integral role in their daily lives. The following exhibits allow visitors to take a closer look at their home environments and how they can take care of preserving the river environment.
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For group reservations, call (800) 258-6645