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National Great Rivers Museum

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Lock and Dam 26

I really enjoyed this museum about the rivers (near where the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sharon G
Fascinating Tour and Exhibits!

We explored the exhibits at the museum, viewed two of their many films, and then had an opportunity... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really enjoyed this museum about the rivers (near where the Mississippi, Missouri and Illinois Rivers come together) and Lock and Dam 26. Having been in Illinois for 40 years, I'd constantly heard about Lock and Dam 26 and I never knew why. It is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sharon G
Reviewed 14 October 2018

We explored the exhibits at the museum, viewed two of their many films, and then had an opportunity for a tour by one of the Corps of Engineers guides. Very knowledgeable and receptive to questions. I highly recommend this museum for young and old alike....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Yarnfarmer
Reviewed 17 September 2018

The exhibit is well organized to inform but not to overwhelm. The drive back seems long but you get to watch the magic of boats going through the lock right there in the parking lot.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Rbj2040
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

We stopped in the area to take some photos of some pelicans. When I noticed there was a museum there., what the heck let's go in and check it out. We both learned tons of information on nature and the Mississippi river. Thanks for a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Erick L
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

My adult son advised us of this museum/ Dam & we decided along with him to visit museum and tour the dam. So close to home I live in Florissant Mo so by crossing the bridge we are in Illinois ! The museum was really...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank barbaracU1473MC
Reviewed 21 August 2018

Took my nephew and we loved all the interactive stuff, he really liked the river out front, he had to walk on every island. Workers there were nice. we will have to go back and do the Dam tour. LOL

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 391kente
Reviewed 15 August 2018

The things they have have not changed for a long time, but it is still interesting for kids under 12.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank EmFruit
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

I can' t believe we have never visited this museum! We were camping in nearby Pere Marquette so it was a perfect time to go here. First of all, it is easy to find with good signage. There is a huge parking area and a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank lynclarke
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

I brought my 14 yr old son and niece here one week day as we were travelling through the area. They had fun in the towboat simulator and playing with the dam exhibit. They enjoyed the tour of the dam. The view from the top...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jb230
Reviewed 22 June 2018 via mobile

The day we went was a day with scattered showers all day. Kevin, our tour guide told us that we probably wouldnt be able to go on the upper walk way. But as we began the tour the weather cleared up and he told us...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Pat L
2 September 2016|
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Response from MagiC62 | 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