Visit Quad Cities and area museums have partnered to present Quad Cities Museum Week June 5-12. Museums in the Quad Cities area will welcome visitors with activities, new exhibits, discounted admissions, tours, special programs and more. There’s a museum to suit everyone’s interests, from art, science and technology to local, national and world history.
This collaboration between museums in the region and Visit Quad Cities was first launched in 2015. It celebrates the richness of museums in the Quad Cities bi-state region and creates greater awareness of what each museum has to offer.
“The Quad Cities are home to more than ten museums,” says Charlotte Doehler-Morrison, vice president of marketing and communications for Visit Quad Cities. “Each of our museums offers something completely different to appeal to different audiences and ages. We invite people to get out and explore with family and friends, and discover new stories, experiences and adventures. »
Information about each of this year’s Quebec Museum Week attendees and their specials can be found here (https://qcmuseumweek.com/specials). Area museums encourage visitors to post their museum experiences on social media using the hashtag #QCMuseumWeek.
- Bix Beiderbecke Museum & Archives – free entry and extended hours
- Buffalo Bill Museum – $1 off adult and senior admission
- Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead – free admission when you mention “QC Museum Week”
- Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House – free tours, programs, exhibits
- Colonel Davenport House – Pioneer Days June 11-12, 12-4:30 p.m. daily
- Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village – free admission and live demonstrations of old-world crafts on select dates
- Davenport School Museum – free admission and new exhibits
- Family Museum – new Thomas & Friends™ exhibition
- Figge Art Museum – special programming throughout the week for all ages
- German American Heritage Center – free admission
- Hauberg Estate – free “Behind the scenes” tours
- Iowa 80 Trucking Museum – Free Admission & Gift Shop Discount
- John Hauberg Indian Museum – free admission and agricultural activity (sensory table)
- Karpeles Manuscript Museum – free entry and treasure hunt with prizes
- Putnam Museum & Science Center – $5 discounted admission and a special movie, “Kaluoka-Hina”, shown on the big screen
- The Sawmill Museum – one free entry with one purchase
Fun facts about Quebec museums
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum: Did you know that the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum houses what is believed to be the first truck ever built in the United States? The 1903 Eldridge was built by George Eldridge and his employees in Des Moines.
John Hauberg Indian Museum: Prior to its opening in 1939, Hauberg hosted Meskwaki from Tama, Iowa to build a wick and part of a longhouse for the museum. These examples of summer and winter houses are still on display.
Putnam Museum & Science Center: The Putnam exhibits and preserves over 250,000 artifacts representing history, science and culture for future generations.
Bix Beiderbecke Museum & Archives: The museum houses many personal artifacts belonging to jazz musician Bix Beiderbecke, including his piano, first cornet, performance tuxedo, tour trunk, and door hardware from his last apartment. The museum contains the largest collection and archive in the world devoted to the study of Bix Beiderbecke, including the main resources of several biographies written about him.
Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village: Did you know Walnut Grove was once a stagecoach stop? It covered about three acres and was once covered in walnut trees, hence its name.
Cody Homestead: Two bison live in the historic childhood home of Buffalo Bill Cody.
German American Heritage Center & Museum: This historic building opened in 1862 as a “gasthaus,” or hotel, for immigrants. It remained a hotel for more than 100 years, until the 1980s. Since then, the building at the foot of the Centennial Bridge has been renovated into a museum. It is only one of the few historic buildings of this type still in existence.
The Sawmill Museum: Weyerhaeuser of the Quad Cities and the Clinton Lumber Companies formed the Mississippi River Logging Company in 1870. Learn about this industry at the Sawmill Museum.
Buffalo Bill Museum: From 1872 to 1886, Buffalo Bill traveled the country, staging his “Wild West” show and his melodramas. He performed six times in Davenport and seven times in Rock Island.
Davenport School Museum: Known as “Reunion Central”, the history of the buildings and classrooms of the Davenport Community School District can be traced through artifacts, documents and photos.
For more information on Quebec Museums Week, click here.