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National Great Rivers Museum

Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wonderful Corp of Engineers museum

I can' t believe we have never visited this museum! We were camping in nearby Pere Marquette so it... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Fun place to visit

I brought my 14 yr old son and niece here one week day as we were travelling through the area. They... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
st louis mo
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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

Thank lynclarke
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

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

Thank PinkFloydfan125
Reviewed 17 June 2018

This place is laid out very nicely and good for all ages. VERY informative and interesting!!! We didn't do the lock and damn tour but I'm sure it would have been amaaaazing. And it's FREE folks!

Thank Wanda H
Reviewed 21 May 2018

Drove past here a bunch of times and finally stopped for a visit. The museum has some interesting stuff about the Mississippi, and Missouri rivers. You can take a tour of the lock and dam which is a pretty neat experience. Got to watch a...More

Thank chuckie_css
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

We just missed the tour. It would have been interesting to hear how the lock and dam worked. There was a big group of kids going around so we had to pick and choose what we saw. It was a nice place to stop. On...More

Thank MeryMeCo
Reviewed 27 April 2018

Great lock and dam, just wish we could have been closer, we live in a town where we can go to the observation deck and watch the barges come through the lock right in front of us. The museum is great and very informative with...More

Thank wrco25
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We really enjoyed the museum and the kick tour. We been in other locks in the US but this was quite interesting due to the volume of water going through the Mississippi. Make sure to take the lock tour.

1  Thank Kenmarsam
Reviewed 30 March 2018

The kids always whine when I propose a "museum," just on principle, I think. This was no exception, but once inside, they were excited to see the locks and dam. Even chilly weather and rain didn't dampen the thrill of stepping out onto the dam...More

1  Thank Annemarie D
Reviewed 7 March 2018

A small but nice museum centered around the Mississippi River. Worth the time to visit. Often they have boats and other items on display.

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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