Photo Credit: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Dubuque, IA)
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
Educational and fun this museum captures life on the river. Part museum, part aquarium, and a whole lot of awesome!
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!
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.
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.
Missouri History Museum (St. Louis, MO)
Whether you’re visiting from out of town or down the road, prepare for your trip by learning more about exhibits as well as shopping and dining options at the Missouri History Museum.
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.
National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN)
This museum takes you through centuries of history, turning civil rights history into a one of a kind experience.
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.