National Great Rivers Museum | Kids Out and About St. Louis

National Great Rivers Museum

2 Lock and Dam Way
Alton , IL , 62002
Phone: 877-462-6979 or 618-462-6979
38° 52' 9.8904" N, 90° 8' 45.8304" W
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Each year millions of people travel to the Mississippi River to learn about its history and its impact on our nation. The National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, is dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River.

Visit us at the National Great Rivers Museum and make a connection with Mighty Mississippi River. From the early Native American tribes to the rise of the steamboat era, the Mississippi River has played an integral role in our ecosystem, our culture and our economy. Watch as the river changes course and character over time, growing into the mighty force it is today. Discover the diversity of the ecology found in the river, flood plain and bluffs. Learn about your own watershed and become aware of your personal water consumption. Test your skills in the pilothouse as you steer a barge through the locks and dam. 

Come see us and make your connection with our river at the National Great Rivers Museum.


Open daily 9:00am - 5:00pm

Lock Tours 10:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm




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