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National Great Rivers Museum

2 Lock and Dam Way
Alton, IL 62002
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P: (618) 462-6979
P: (877) 462-6979F: (618) 462-7650

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Hours of Operation
Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For group reservations, call (800) 258-6645

4.5 of 5 bubbles
62 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2016
National Great Rivers Museum

Spaces Available

The Museum is a 12,000 sq. ft. facility consisting of a 7,000 sq. ft. exhibit gallery, a multi-purpose classroom, a 100-seat theater and a large promenade area just outside the Museum and adjacent to Mel Price Locks and Dam.

Multi-Purpose Room:  (1168 sq ft) Meeting space, including use of an LCD projector and a small kitchenette with refrigerator, ice maker, sink and microwave. 

Availability: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Capacity: 100 guests Theater Style, 50 guests Classroom Style.

Exhibit Gallery: (7000 sq ft) Exhibit area only. 

Availability: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Capacity:  100 guests

Discovery Theater:  100 seat conventional theater, including use of audiovisual equipment.

Availability:  9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Capacity:  100 guests

Promenade: Outdoor venue partially sheltered. Available for use from April through October, weather dependent.    

Availability: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Capacity: Up to 500 guests



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National Great Rivers Museum
#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
4.5 of 5 bubbles
62 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2016
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Recent Reviews
Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Recalling the history and people of the Mississippi River
5 of 5 bubbles Feb 6, 2017
My wife and I have visited the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, and the National Great Rivers Museum in Alton, Illinois, so I think we have... more »
debrakgilles
Grafton, Illinois
Trip type:
Family
History, Fun, and Educational
5 of 5 bubbles Jan 25, 2017
I can't say enough about this place. I have only lived in the Grafton area for two years and I have been at the Lock and Dam six times. It's... more »
prspt
Naperville, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Great place to spend an hour or two along the Great River Road
5 of 5 bubbles Nov 27, 2016
A nice museum that educates visitors about the Mississippi River, history of the river, its importance as a transportation route, and the flora and fauna in the area. There is... more »
Tobaccopat
Florissant, Missouri
Trip type:
Friends getaway
Last Lock and Dam on the Mississippi River
5 of 5 bubbles Nov 14, 2016
The National Great Rivers Museum is located at Alton Lock and Dam #6, the last lock and dam on the Mississippi River. It's modern interior features the fish and wildlife... more »
HappyCamper0281
Alton, Illinois
Trip type:
Family
Well worth a stop!
5 of 5 bubbles Sep 12, 2016
Even before you enter the building you start to learn about the river, with a combination water feature and 3-D map that you can splash in. Inside are excellent displays... more »
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National Great Rivers Museum

Spaces Available

The Museum is a 12,000 sq. ft. facility consisting of a 7,000 sq. ft. exhibit gallery, a multi-purpose classroom, a 100-seat theater and a large promenade area just outside the Museum and adjacent to Mel Price Locks and Dam.

Multi-Purpose Room:  (1168 sq ft) Meeting space, including use of an LCD projector and a small kitchenette with refrigerator, ice maker, sink and microwave. 

Availability: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Capacity: 100 guests Theater Style, 50 guests Classroom Style.

Exhibit Gallery: (7000 sq ft) Exhibit area only. 

Availability: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Capacity:  100 guests

Discovery Theater:  100 seat conventional theater, including use of audiovisual equipment.

Availability:  9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Capacity:  100 guests

Promenade: Outdoor venue partially sheltered. Available for use from April through October, weather dependent.    

Availability: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Capacity: Up to 500 guests



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