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National Great Rivers Museum

#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
+1 636-899-2600
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Lots of very good information from the Locks and Dam to the Eagles that are in the area. Docents... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Educational for Young and Old.

We live on the upper Miss. This little museum was chalk full of interesting facts and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
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#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
+1 636-899-2600
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Lots of very good information from the Locks and Dam to the Eagles that are in the area. Docents have lots of great information,

Thank Cardzfan1
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We live on the upper Miss. This little museum was chalk full of interesting facts and demonstrations of life on the river. Interactive exhibits-try to steer a barge through a lock! Kids and adults will enjoy this. Free and easy to see in half an...More

Thank 52,761
Reviewed 7 August 2017

I visited this place all the time as a kid. It's a great walk from Alton to the dam/museum too! In addition to learning about the dam, and taking it the sites around it, this place usually has great activities year-round for kids.

Thank mmaag426
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Impressive museum with a lot of interesting exhibits about the Mississippi River. Also enjoyed a tour of the locks and dam, and we were lucky to get to see a barge go through a lock. The movie was worth watching, too. And the museum, movie,...More

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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We recently took some of the family here when they were in town for a visit. I think our grown children enjoyed the hands-on exhibits as much as the grandchildren did! We missed the tour but plan to go back and take it in.

Thank richb102
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This museum was so fun! Everything is completely FREE including the lock and dam tours! Everything was very interesting. Our 6 year old was very interested and really enjoyed the museum(especially the barge simulator) and the tour on the dam. Everything is wheelchair accessible too...More

Thank T8679GOstephanieg
Reviewed 26 June 2017

This was my second trip to the museum. It's a wonderful museum with nice exhibits for all ages. They even have a simulator to try to drive a tug boat down the Mississippi River. I crashed each time. The museum is free, and offers a...More

Thank Christine G
Reviewed 7 June 2017

What an interesting & informative experience. Very well done. Would recommend to all ages. Did not take tour, but the movie was excellent.

Thank Seesue66
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

I did not expect this Museum to be as interesting as it was. All of the exhibits are interesting and educational. Be sure to take a free tour of the nearby Melvin Price Lock and Dam.

Thank Matthew C
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Very educational and entertaining experience. Some hands-on displays and a great gift shop that has a lot for kids as well as a good selection of books on the area. The walk along the dam itself has to be done with a guide. We missed...More

Thank Chris L
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Pat L
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Response from Magi C | Reviewed this property |
Actually you can drive to the confluence from The museum. You have to go north on Route 3 then take a left and The big intersection, Rt 3 and Rt 143, onto the Berm Highway. Take that highway to the bridge that crosses the... More