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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
79 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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February 17, 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm

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February 18, 2018
9:00am to 5:00pm

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National Great Rivers Museum
#2 Locks and Dam Way, Alton, IL
4.5 of 5 bubbles
79 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2016
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Recent Reviews
Teri M
St. Louis
Trip type:
Couples
A pretty route
Nov 9, 2017
This road is fairly quiet. We like starting at Alton (after lunch at State Street Market Cafe and visiting a few shops). It’s a lovely route to enjoy the river... more »
strawberryblonde1950
Bridgeton, Missouri
Gresat place for winter eagle-watching
Nov 5, 2017
When it's very cold, eagles can often be seen around the lock & dam area, and in the trees on the highway nearby. The museum itself is well-done, with many... more »
Cardzfan1
Bethalto
Interesting!
Oct 12, 2017
Lots of very good information from the Locks and Dam to the Eagles that are in the area. Docents have lots of great information, more »
52761
USA
Trip type:
Couples
Educational for Young and Old.
Sep 13, 2017
We live on the upper Miss. This little museum was chalk full of interesting facts and demonstrations of life on the river. Interactive exhibits-try to steer a barge through a... more »
mmaag426
Columbia, Missouri
Trip type:
Friends getaway
Great educational place for kids!
Aug 7, 2017
I visited this place all the time as a kid. It's a great walk from Alton to the dam/museum too! In addition to learning about the dam, and taking it... 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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