A new museum honoring the life and music of the world-famous Davenport native Bix Beiderbecke will soon be a fixture in downtown Davenport. It will be located on the lower level of the River Music Experience, located at 2nd and Main St. A grand opening is planned for August 3-4 in conjunction with the 46th annual Bix Beiderbecke Jazz Festival. The Bix Beiderbecke Museum will feature many original artifacts related to Beiderbecke and his colleagues, as well as a life-size figure of the cornetist in a recreation of the bandstand at Hudson Lake, Indiana. Bix's music will be featured throughout the museum, along with videos, interactive displays, and photos, many shown for the first time. The entire museum will evoke the era of the 1920's. An accompanying Archive will house the most extensive collection of material found anywhere relating to the renowned musician.
Just as in Isabel Bloom's day, guests can once again watch artisans create the handcrafted sculptures. The iconic company has created a new Studio Showroom and Tour Center. This beautifully designed facility gives customers much more room to browse, shop and enjoy their experience. Free daily tours are available. Tours can also be made by reservation. The tour experience includes a video highlighting the life and legendary career of Iowa artist, Isabel Bloom. Isabel Bloom has three other retail showrooms in the Quad Cities.
736 Federal Street, Davenport, Iowa
The historic Hauberg Center in Rock Island is now open for regular guided tours. This unique historic home was built in 1909 in the popular Prairie School style. The gardens were designed by famous landscape architect Jens Jensen and are open all year. The home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designed by Chicago architect, Robert C. Spencer, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. Learn more about the history of the home, the architecture, and the family that lived there on a 45-minute guided tour.
1300 24th Street, Rock Island, Illinois
Tue & Thu 12pm, 1pm, 2pm; Sat 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm
Adults $10, 12 and under free
Beatlemania is back! To this day, people of all ages, backgrounds, and musical tastes continue to look to the Beatles for inspiration. The Magical History Tour (March 10-June 4) on exhibit at the Putnam Museum and Science Center offers visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The exhibition tells the story of the Fab Four highlighting pivotal points in the band's history via artifacts, memorabilia, and fun interactives. Guests will experience the entire Beatles journey beginning in Liverpool, their early days in Hamburg, touring North America, and their return to the studio in the U.K. If you missed them in the sixties, here's another chance!
1717 W. 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa
Mon-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 12p-5p
The Figge Art Museum in Davenport has two monumental exhibits in 2017, along with other traveling exhibits on display throughout the year. Scrimmage: Football in American Art
(Jan 21-May 14) looks at the evolution of the sport of football as seen by generations of American artists. Originally gifted and endowed by Dr. Walter Neiswanger, the Figge's Haitian Collection is one of the largest known collections of its kind. New Haitian Works from the Figge Collection
(Apr 8-Oct 15) includes newly-gifted works from collectors and donors from all over the country.
225 W. 2nd Street, Davenport, Iowa
Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Thu 10a-9p, Sun 12p-5p
2017 is the 50th anniversary of bald eagle watching in the Quad Cities. Every January, beginning in 1967 when it was still the Tri-City Bird Club, the Quad City Audubon Society has held a program on Bald Eagles. It started as a program about Bald Eagles on Saturday night followed on Sunday by a field trip caravan to view Bald Eagles. Over the years, the Eagle Program has developed into Bald Eagle Days (Jan. 6-8), the largest celebration in the Midwest at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island. Bald eagle watching continues throughout the winter. Tours can also be arranged with a guide to take groups around to eagle watching sites.
2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
Just like the Hotel Blackhawk, Restoration St. Louis is remodeling The Putnam Building in downtown Davenport. The Putnam, which was built in 1910, was formerly home to the first hotel in the area called the LeClaire House. It was opened by Antoine LeClaire, the founder of the City of Davenport. With over 70-rooms, THE CURRENT, Iowa will be a part of the Marriott Autograph Collection (opening Summer 2017). Currently there are over 100 Autograph Collection Hotels around the world.
The Element by Starwood is part of the new rail station construction in Moline. This is the first Element hotel in Illinois. The building being refurbished was built in 1917 as a Sears & Roebuck warehouse. The 90-room hotel is expected to open September 2017.