Proposed Reduced Operating Hours at the National Great Rivers Museum

Published Dec. 2, 2019

ST. LOUIS – In anticipation of funding changes currently reflected the proposed 2020 Federal Budget, the visiting hours of the National Great Rivers Museum will change beginning January 1, 2020 to support the new levels.  New public hours will be 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday thru Saturday. Tours of the Melvin Price Lock and Dam will still be available on these days at 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Today’s news is being offered as an early public service in allowing for our traditional partners and visitors to plan accordingly.  Any new budget changes leading into the New Year that would change these projected hours will likewise be advertised and promoted immediately. 

Even with planned shifts in availability, the National Great Rivers Museum will continue to focus on providing a quality educational experience to approximately 60,000 visitors annually. 

Moreover, traditional long-term community programs such as YMCA summer camps, eagle festivals, fishing fairs, Little Creek Summer Camp, American Newspaper Summer Camp and the Lewis and Clark Honors College will be prioritized and hosted as close to previous levels and seasonal periods as possible. 

The National Great Rivers Museum, opened in 2003, was congressionally authorized in the Water Resource Development Act of 1992 as a Type A Regional Visitor Center. It represents a major attraction for the Midwest and visitation is accumulated through school groups, local community visitors and national and international tourists.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is committed to providing quality recreational opportunities, outreach, education and access to Federal water resource development projects. The USACE’s St. Louis District is sensitive to how budget changes impact our partners, stakeholders and the public and will continue to provide world-class service commensurate with available funding.

For more information on changes to the National Great Rivers Museum’s hours of operations please contact St. Louis District Public Affairs Office at:,, or at (314) 331-8000.


Andre Billeaudeaux

Release no. 19-067