National Great Rivers Museum


The National Great Rivers Museum in East Alton, Illinois, tells the story of the confluence of three great American rivers – the Mississippi, the Missouri and the Illinois – in a comprehensive and compelling way. The site is a regional visitor center operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is adjacent to the Melvin Price Locks and Dam on the Mississippi River. Museum visitors learn about the rivers' historical and cultural significance, their ecological, transportation and commercial importance, their power to inspire us, and the natural forces that created and shape it to this day. Time your visit right, and you may see a bald eagle flying in the nearby sky.


What JNPA Does Here
JNPA operates the Confluence Store at the Museum. The interpretive products and books we offer help reinforce the stories of America's rivers, their ecology and wildlife, and their importance in human history. Proceeds from the store support educational programs and outdoor activities at the site.