Mississippi River Museum

Mississippi River Museum

The Museum & Aquarium's vision is to become the world's leader in interpreting and protecting the life, history, and culture of our rivers, to create a more global, knowledgeable and engaged citizen. - Mississippi River Museum

Welcome to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, a Smithsonian Institute affiliate institution located in Memphis, Tennessee. Part aquarium, part museum, and part science center, this museum creates educational experiences where history and rivers come alive.

Visit the 14-acre campus and 'explore the history, culture, and wildlife along America's Rivers' through the various exhibits and experiences throughout. The dynamic aquatic and historical exhibits include such topics as River Alterations, National Rivers Hall of Fame, Mississippi River Floor Map, Flooded Forest, Erosion Table, and much more. You will see the Boatyard, the William M Black Dredge Boat, the Wetlands, and more.

Save plenty of time for some live animal experiences and 'Creature Features', with river animals such as Alligator Snapping Turtles and North American River Otters onsite, as well as ocean critters like the Green Sea Turtle and Giant Pacific Octopus. School groups will have custom group tour options as well as Behind The Scenes Tour options.

If you work up an appetite during your visit be sure to stop by the Harbor View Grill or Mississippi Grounds cafe before you go! There is also a 4D Theater onsite for extra attraction/education options.