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Behind the scenes at a Dubuque museum


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium gave guests a peek behind the scenes Sunday.

Guests on the self-guided tour wandered along a path in the museum's basement, with museum volunteers and guides along the way to answer questions.

The basement holds the museum's archive room, filled with old displays and historical information.

The basement's maintenance shop is where local craftspeople fix up museum displays.

One man on the tour was a carpenter, who helped build the museum.

"I just wanted to see what it was like with everything in it, because when I seen it, it was empty and being constructed," carpenter David Radloff said.

Guests also got to see holding tanks in the animal husbandry area, where the museum keeps fish and other animals that aren't on display.

The museum said the cost to feed all its animals is $35,000 per year.

Guests also got a glimpse into the Life Support Systems Room, where machines filter water from animals' aquatic habitats.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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