Sunday, June 20, 2010

River museum addition not to be missed

Time to dust off the thesaurus. I need the right words to describe the National River Center, the soon-to-open addition to the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque.
Those are just a few of the words that come to mind after the Telegraph Herald Editorial Board a week ago toured the facility, which at the time was as much a construction site as a showpiece museum.
Still, it was clear that the place will have every bit of the “Wow” factor of the original river museum, which opened seven years ago.
Calling the new facility, in the former Diamond Jo building, an “addition” does not do it justice. It will double the square footage of the museum, and it has features and exhibitions that will take an already first-class museum to a higher level.
In fact, there is so much to see, admission tickets will be good for two consecutive days.
Folks sometimes take for granted treasures in their own back yard. Perhaps you visited the river museum a time or two the past seven years and think you have “seen it already.” “Been there, done that” just doesn’t cut it.
Resolve to make a return visit during or soon after this “preview” weekend to see what is new at this jewel right on Dubuque’s shoreline.

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