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National Great Rivers Museum

#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
+1 636-899-2600
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Great educational place for kids!

I visited this place all the time as a kid. It's a great walk from Alton to the dam/museum too! In... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Columbia, Missouri

Impressive museum with a lot of interesting exhibits about the Mississippi River. Also enjoyed a... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Champaign, Illinois
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#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
+1 636-899-2600
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank ChampaignSue
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 16 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
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

The museum is very informative and interesting. There is a lot of facts about the river that I had no idea about. Definitely a great stop to take the family.

Thank jimmy w
Reviewed 10 April 2017

educational for young and old - go outside and watch the lock and dam. Birding outside is great. very informative. special interest Eagles

Thank midwest6819
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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