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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
76 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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Recent Reviews
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 »
ChampaignSue
Champaign, Illinois
Trip type:
Couples
Wonderful!
Jul 16, 2017
Impressive museum with a lot of interesting exhibits about the Mississippi River. Also enjoyed a tour of the locks and dam, and we were lucky to get to see a... more »
richb102
Alton, Illinois
Trip type:
Family
Interesting and informative
Jul 11, 2017
We recently took some of the family here when they were in town for a visit. I think our grown children enjoyed the hands-on exhibits as much as the grandchildren... more »
T8679GOstephanieg
St. Louis, United States
Trip type:
Family
Great way to see how a lock and dam works!
Jul 11, 2017
This museum was so fun! Everything is completely FREE including the lock and dam tours! Everything was very interesting. Our 6 year old was very interested and really enjoyed the... 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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