Photo Credit: City Museum (St. Louis, MO)

Museums on the Great River Road

Museums for different interests to delight and educate as you travel the Great River Road.  Go ahead, get out of the car, stretch your legs and expand your mind.

 

 ~Minnesota~

 

Minneapolis Institute of Art
(Minneapolis, MN)

A free museum that is a MUST for art lovers.  Over 90,000 pieces of artwork from six continents, it’s impossible to see it all in one visit.

new.artsmia.org

Minnesota Marine Art Museum
(Winona, MN)

This little city holds an impressive treasure.  Art from masters such as Cezzaine, Renoir, and O’Keefe.  Does Washington Crossing the Delaware ring a bell? They got it!

mmam.org

 

 ~Wisconsin~

 

Villa Louis
(Prairie du Chien, WI)

Period dressed tour guides that bring history to life.  Experience Victorian life during the 19th century, a fun and fascinating tour.

villalouis.wisconsinhistory.org

National Brewery Museum
(Potosi, WI)

Top off your visit to the National Brewery Museum and Transportation Museum with a brewery tour and beer samples at the Potosi Brewery.  Not a bad way to spend an afternoon.

potosibrewery.com/museums

~Iowa~

 

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium
(Dubuque, IA)

Educational and fun this museum captures life on the river.  Part museum, part aquarium, and a whole lot of awesome!

rivermuseum.com

Buffalo Bill Museum
(Leclaire, IA)

Buffalo Bill Cody was born in Leclaire, but the museum doesn’t stop there.  A small museum that holds a lot of history, including a whole steam powered tugboat!

buffalobillmuseumleclaire.com

  

~Illinois~

 

Galena History Museum
(Glena, IL)

The museum is located in a beautiful Italianate home.  And if that isn’t enough to make you check it out, General Ulysses S. Grant will take you for a walking tour of the downtown.

galenahistory.org

Alton Museum of History and Art
(Alton, IL)

Peruse local exhibits, then stroll across the street and see how you compare to the Tallest Man in the World.  A statue commemorating Alton’s gentle giant Robert Wadlow.

altonmuseum.com

 ~Missouri~

 

City Museum
(St. Louis, MO)

They suggest wearing sneakers and avoiding flip flops plus jeans are a good idea.  Why? Slides, tunnels, a giant jungle gym and more. That’s why.

citymuseum.org

Rockcliffe Mansion
(Hannibal, MO)

13,500 square feet with 30 rooms and most furnishings original to the home. Take the guided tour and if you love it, you can spend the night in their boutique B&B.

rockcliffemansion.com/home

 

~Kentucky~

 

Barlow House Museum (Barlow, KY)

Mr. Barlow was a collector.  View this turn of the century home and Barlow’s china collection from around the world.

americanheritage.com

Kentucky Veteran and Patriot Museum (Wickliffe, KY)

Dedicated to the men and women who served in our armed forces.

kygrro.org/kvpm

 

~Tennessee~

 

 

National Civil Rights Museum
Lorraine Motel
(Memphis, TN)

This museum takes you through centuries of history, turning civil rights history into a one of a kind experience.

civilrightsmuseum.org

Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art
(Memphis, TN)

Nicknamed the Jade Museum from the many pieces of Asian art carved into jade on display, this museum is a real gem.

belzmuseum.org

 

~ARKANSAS~

 

 

Delta Cultural Center
(Helena, AR)

Three interconnected buildings dedicated to the music of the Arkansas Delta, plus art and history of the region.

deltaculturalcenter.com

Delta Gateway Museum
(Blytheville, AR)

The Delta region in Arkansas is one of the world’s most fertile and this museum talks agriculture and history.

deltagatewaymuseum.weebly.com

 

~Mississippi~

 

U.S.S. Cairo Museum
(Vicksburg, MS)

This ironside vessel was torpedoed and sunk during the Civil War.  Salvaged and restored it’s the centerpiece of the museum.

visitvicksburg.com/uss-cairo-museum

B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center
(Indianola, MS)

If you love the Blues this isn’t a road trip, it’s a pilgrimage.

bbkingmuseum.org

 

~Louisiana~

 

 

National WWII Museum
(New Orleans, LA)

Trip Advisor’s #2 ranked museum in the world!! It tells the story World War II, why it was fought and how it was won.

nationalww2museum.org

Whitney Plantation
(Wallace, LA)

A plantation tour from the perspective of slaves. Tours can sell out, so call ahead.

whitneyplantation.com