NATIONAL GREAT RIVERS MUSEUM & MELVIN PRICE LOCKS & DAM

The National Great Rivers Museum will be closing until further notice beginning at close of business Friday, November 20th due to rising COVID-19 cases and the subsequent mitigations issued by the state of Illinois.

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.

Open Daily 9am – 5pm – FREE ADMISSION
Lock Tours Daily: 10am, 1pm, and 3pm
2 Lock and Dam Way • East Alton, Illinois 62024
(877) 462-6979

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Upcoming Events

VOLUNTEER

The National Great Rivers Museum at Melvin Price Lock and Dam is seeking enthusiastic volunteers ranging from 16 years of age and up to assist in a variety of activities. 

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TOURS

Join us for a public tour of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam or make reservations for a group of 10 or more. Find out more details about times, group minimums and guidelines. 

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EVENTS

We offer a variety of educational and outreach programs for all ages. Stay connected to upcoming events for Girl Scouts, festivals, camps, and ticket purchases.

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MUSEUM

A dramatic play of light and sound sets the scene for visitors to connect to our river. Educational exhibits about the Mississippi River & tours are the focus, plus a working lock & dam. 

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