15 Museums to Visit | In and Around the Quad Cities

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Did you know there are lots of great museums to explore in and around the QCA? Museums are a fun and educational opportunity for families looking for good, indoor activities – for kids of all ages.

Photo from National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

Rock Island Arsenal Museum | 1 Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, IL

Closed for renovations until 2023. The Rock Island Arsenal Museum is the Army’s second oldest museum. It first opened to the public on July 4, 1905. The primary mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of Rock Island Arsenal and Arsenal Island.


Colonel Davenport Historical House | Davenport Ave, Rock Island, IL

The Colonel Davenport House was built in 1833-34 for George Davenport and his family on Arsenal Island. Davenport came to the area in 1816 with the U.S. Army to establish Fort Armstrong.


Family Museum | 2900 Learning Campus Dr, Bettendorf, IA

Kids learn about the arts & sciences through play-based exhibits, day programs & dance classes.


Putnam Museum and Science Center | 1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA

A museum of history and natural science and a science center with exciting experiences in science, history, culture and beyond! Also has 3D movies.


Figge Art Museum | 225 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA

The Figge Art Museum is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines.


Bix Beiderbecke Museum | 129 N Main St, Davenport, IA

This new museum in Bix’s hometown of Davenport, Iowa, is a must-stop for jazz and history lovers. Visitors will learn of his brief but eventful life at the dawn of the 20th century, view rare films, and listen to his incomparable music.


Palmer Family and Chiropractic History Museum | 115 W 7th St, Davenport, IA

The Palmer Family and Chiropractic History Museum is open for self-guided tours by appointment. Please call 563-884-5714 to arrange a time.


German American Heritage Center & Museum | 712 W 2nd St, Davenport, IA

The German American Heritage Center, also known as the Germania-Miller/Standard Hotel, is a cultural center and museum that chronicles and preserves the history of German-Americans in the Midwest region. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


Buffalo Bill Museum | 199 Front St, Le Claire, IA

The Buffalo Bill Museum is focused on life along the Mississippi River and local history. One exhibit is the Lone Star, a wooden, paddlewheel steam-powered towboat that is housed in a special pier.


Iowa 80 Trucking Museum | 505 Sterling Dr, Walcott, IA

Free-admission museum of trucking history with antique models, vintage memorabilia & a gift shop.


Sawmill Museum | 2231 Grant St, Clinton, IA

Attraction exploring the American lumber & forestry industries, with a vintage sawmill.


National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium | 350 E 3rd St, Dubuque, IA

Part aquarium, part museum, part science center, the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium inspires stewardship by creating educational experiences where history and rivers come alive.


Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum | 210 Parkside Dr, West Branch, IA

The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum is the presidential library and burial place of Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, located on the grounds of the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa.


The Iowa Children’s Museum | 1451 Coral Ridge Ave, Coralville, IA

Located in Coral Ridge Mall – this colorful museum is aimed at teaching kids about the world around them through fun & play.


Antique Car Museum of Iowa | 200 E 9th St, Coralville, IA

Showroom featuring regional transportation exhibits & vintage cars from the 1890s through the 1970s.

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