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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

For the Keck family, spending time at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque is a family affair.

"We got to see so many animals that we didn't get to see in the ocean," said Harper Keck.

And now, thanks to a $468,000 grant from Vision Iowa, she'll be able to see another new animal soon -- stingrays.

The grant will allow the museum to go forward with a $2.3 million plan to bring new exhibits to Dubuque, one of which is a stingray touch pool, which will have enough room for 15-20 people to gather around at a time.

"What you're going to be seeing in the next several years is a whole array of educational experiences," said Jerry Enzler, President and CEO of the museum. "This is all about education and raising people's awareness."

In addition to the touch pool, the museum will be bringing a machine shop used in the early 1900s to Dubuque.

"In Bellevue, Iowa, there's a time capsule called the Iowa Marine Engine and Launchworks, and it is intact as a belt-driven machine shop that made engines for boats on the Mississippi River," he said.

They'll also be opening up an interactive exhibit called a "maker's space." People will be able to build things, like boats or paddlewheels.

The stingray touch pool will open in September 2016, with the rest of the exhibits opening up in the fall of 2017.

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