National Great Rivers Museum

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This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers museum tells the story of the Mississippi River and the locks and dams system. Interactive exhibits, theatre presentations, tours and gift shop. FREE

2 Lock & Dam Way
Alton, IL 62024

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111 Reviews | Write a Review
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Reviewed By 492jenellb July 2023

This museum is free to visit, showing a history of the rivers in the area. Very informative and interactive, and there was even a tank with local fish species. The museum isn't very big, but they...

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Reviewed By Charlotte L March 2023

Free & worth the stop if you’re in the STL area. Staff was friendly and understanding when we stopped in the last hour of the day. Museum is next to the lock & dam - there are tours available if...

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Nice free museum, especially good for kids
Reviewed By Davigeta February 2023

My wife and I decided to check this museum out. The museum is adjacent to Lock and Dam #26 (Melvin Price Locks and Dam). A free tour of the facility is available, and we found it informative. There...

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Hours

Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. closed Thanksgiving, Chistmas and New Year's Day.

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TripAdvisor Rating:

111 Reviews | Write a Review
Informative!
Reviewed By 492jenellb July 2023

This museum is free to visit, showing a history of the rivers in the area. Very informative and interactive, and there was even a tank with local fish species. The museum isn't very big, but they...

Full Review
Budget Friendly Learning
Reviewed By Charlotte L March 2023

Free & worth the stop if you’re in the STL area. Staff was friendly and understanding when we stopped in the last hour of the day. Museum is next to the lock & dam - there are tours available if...

Full Review
Nice free museum, especially good for kids
Reviewed By Davigeta February 2023

My wife and I decided to check this museum out. The museum is adjacent to Lock and Dam #26 (Melvin Price Locks and Dam). A free tour of the facility is available, and we found it informative. There...

Full Review