Best of the River is focused on the best attractions, accommodations,  food & drink, and trails & tours along the Great River Road from northern Minnesota down to the Gulf of Mexico.

Best Museum for Science

1.National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)

Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires by creating educational experiences where the rivers come alive!

2.The Science Museum of Minnesota (Saint Paul, MN)

Located in downtown Saint Paul, the Science Museum of Minnesota is the Upper Midwest’s must-see, must-do museum.  So much to explore with their hands on exhibits.

3.Minnesota Marine Art Museum (Winona, MN)

MMAM offers periodic lectures and Gallery Walk & Talks. These programs give unique perspectives, and allow visitors to engage with artists directly.

4.Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum (Fountain City, WI)

Come see over 100 cars and trucks, as well as thousands of antique toys and tools.  Elmer’s Auto & Toy Museum is one of the largest museums of its kind in the country.

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In 2019, thousands submitted their Best of The River choices in categories ranging from best cultural trail, best monument, best public art, best river boat tour, best brewery and more.