The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium in Dubuque is offering free live virtual programs this fall on a variety of behind-the-scenes topics.  Topics covered in the four-part series include:

  • Flex Your Mussels (Sept. 22, 7 p.m.) – Highlighting the important role mussels play in river habitats and how to save these animals from extinction
  • Day in the Life of a Keeper (Oct. 6, 7 p.m.) – Featuring a River Museum keeper and discussing a keeper’s day-to-day work, how keepers care for the River Museum’s over 2,000 animals, and how they got started in the field
  • Dust to Dust: Victorians’ Obsession with Death (Oct. 20, 7 p.m.) – A follow-up to the Ham Site’s Linwood Legacies exhibit, this program will feature death and burial practices of the Victorian era, including hair art and funeral fashion
  • Animal Misunderstandings (Nov. 10, 7 p.m.) – Exploring misconceptions of a few unique animals in the River Museum’s collection as well as myths associated with them

Each program includes a half hour of content and approximately 15 minutes for questions. Registration is required for each program and can be completed by visiting  Each program is limited to 100 participants, and while programs are provided free of charge, donations will be accepted.

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