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Museum Hopes to Lure Big Crowds to New Exhibit

The New "Catfish Planet" Exhibit is Set to Open Saturday, May 27

Dubuque Telegraph Herald

May 21, 2006

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Dubuque can expect a summer crammed with visitors, catfish and scholars. At the center of it all will be The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The museum opens its "Catfish Planet" exhibit later this month and co-hosts an international conference on rivers in June - all while anticipating attendance that could push the facility close to 800,000 visitors since its 2003 opening. During the school year, a busy weekend brings about 1,000 visitors per day to the Port of Dubuque facility. "It really doubles in the summer," John Sutter, director of marketing for the museum, said, as attendance swells to 1,000 per day on the weekdays and 2,000 per day on the weekends. "Catfish Planet" kicks off the summer beginning...[viewing 743 of 3094 characters]