Rivers Project


Tour Information

Daily public lock tours

Public tours of Melvin Price Locks and Dam are given daily, free of charge, at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tours are usually 45 minutes in length and involve walking and heights of approximately 80 feet. Public tours are limited in size to 25 participants. A sign-up sheet is located at the museum information desk for those interested in these tours. Please arrive approximately 15 minutes before the tour.

Group Tours

Large groups wishing to tour the locks or the museum, need to call the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1-800-258-6645 to arrange their visit. Group tours of the locks are conducted at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Please allow at least 2 hours to visit both the museum and locks and dam. School/children groups require at least one adult chaperone per 10 students. Student activity sheets are available to assist in the museum experience.

Museum Manners

We want all our visitors to have an enjoyable experience to our facilities. In order to ensure a safe and pleasurable visit for all, the following guidelines have been established: * Please - No eating, running, or reckless behavior is permitted in the museum or on the locks and dam. * Arrive at your scheduled time or call to report any changes. * Prior to arrival, divide large groups into smaller groups of no more than 25 each. * Teachers/group leaders should: Be sure all chaperones understand their duties before the visit. Chaperones should: supervise their group and maintain order. Assist the teacher/group leader in providing a positive learning experience.