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National Great Rivers Museum

(618) 462-6979

2 Lock and Dam Way East Alton IL 62024

About Us:

Each year millions of people travel to the Mississippi River to learn about its history and its impact on our nation. The National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Locks and Dam, is dedicated to telling the story of the Mississippi River, from her grand history and cultural significance to her ecological importance and role as a transportation corridor. The National Great River Museum provides a unique opportunity to tell the River's story in a comprehensive, meaningful and relevant way.

The National Great Rivers Museum, opened in October of 2003, is one of eleven planned regional visitor centers operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. Located adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam, this 12,000-square-foot facility is the result of a collaboration of the Corps and the nonprofit Meeting of the Great Rivers Foundation and tells the story of the Mississippi River. The Museum features state of the art interactive displays and exhibits that help visitors understand the many aspects of the Mississippi River and how it affects our lives.


Open Daily 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM    
Lock Tours  10:00 AM, 1:00 PM and 3:00PM


Contact Us:

The National Great Rivers Museum
2 Lock and Dam Way

Alton, IL 62002




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updated: Oct, 4, 2017