by Jessica Waytenick • February 21, 2017

Quad Cities – Experience the lives of the Fab Four through the eyes of John, Paul, George and Ringo with The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition.

This exhibit at the Putnam Museum and Science Center in Davenport, Iowa, 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.

Beginnings, Influence and Life in Liverpool: The story begins by immersing you in the atmosphere of late 50s/early 60s Liverpool. These artifacts are incredibly rare, as they come from a part of the band’s history before it was illuminated by the international spotlight.

Life on the Road:  Next, you are swept up in the hysteria as the Beatles take America by storm. See and hear what it was like to experience one of their concerts from their perspective, and immerse yourself in the amazing volume of Beatles merchandise produced, from replica instruments to clothing, costumes, board games and trading cards. Become your favorite Beatle as you interact with the fashion that set the lads from Liverpool apart.
Innovation in the Studio: You’ve already heard the music. Now is your chance to discover how the Beatles’ music was created -by mixing it yourself! Explore the cutting-edge techniques used in the studio to craft some of the most enduring music in history. This gallery places you right in the studio, up close and personal with the tools.

The Decade of the Break-up: The dissolution of the greatest rock band of all time leaves us all a bit sad, however it was not just an end, but also a beginning. This gallery is an exploration of the lives and careers of the individual members post-Beatles. It presents an astounding collection of artifacts from this period, including the last autograph John Lennon would ever sign.

If you missed them in the sixties, here’s another chance!  The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition is on exhibit at the Putnam Museum & Science Center March 11 through June 4, 2017.

As part of the exhibit, the Putnam is showing multiple award-winning films about the Beatles on its Giant Screen.

“The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years” Guests who visit the exhibit between March 11 – 15 will be able to watch Ron Howard’s film “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years” for $5 with the purchase of an exhibit ticket. The film is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim.

“Imagine: John Lennon” (Rated R – those 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.) The Putnam will show “Imagine: John Lennon” April 1, April 29 and May 27 at 7 p.m. on the Giant Screen. The “biography” features 240 hours of never-before-seen footage fortuitously taken by Lennon and includes a 36-song soundtrack. Events include tickets to the film, light food and one drink. Tickets cost $15 ($10 for members) for the movie and refreshments and $25 ($20 for members) if guests want to also visit the Beatles exhibit prior to the film.

“A Hard Day’s Night” Guests can see The Beatles in their feature film debut “A Hard Day’s Night” on the GIANT Screen as it plays throughout the exhibit run. Deemed as one of the greatest rock-and-roll comedy adventures ever made, this film showcases a day in the life of the Fab Four and can be added on to a Magical History Tour ticket for just $5.

About The Putnam

The Putnam Museum has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years!  And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family!  Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a treehouse in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie, and People. Also experience internationally-recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering 6 stories tall!  Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, visit

To find out more about the Quad Cities and the many marvelous things to see and do, contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 or visit their website at

The Quad Cities is located on the Mississippi River and is comprised of the riverfront cities of Davenport and Bettendorf in Iowa, and Moline, East Moline and Rock Island in Illinois.  The area is just a 2-½ hour drive from Des Moines, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois.  It is easily accessible via I-80, I-74, I-88 and several major state highways.

# # #

Putnam Media Contact: Amy Behning, MindFire Communications, 855-646-3347 or

Photos & Media Trips: For High-res exhibit photos or for information about media tours, please contact Jessica Waytenick at the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800-747-7800 Ext. 827 or

Request Photos

High-res versions of the images accompanying this story are available to qualified journalists, reporters, travel writers, publications, group tour operators, and meeting and sports planners to accompany stories and editorial about the Quad Cities and specific promotional material for their event. These photos can not be used by ad agencies, businesses, web designers, etc. for the purpose of their own brochures, presentations, websites, sales and marketing material, etc. Photo requests may only be used to market the Quad Cities as a travel destination to your viewers and customers.

Fill out the form below to request the photos accompanying this story. Please include specific comments on how and where the photo will be used. The request will be reviewed and fulfilled by our public relations department as soon as possible. The Quad Cities CVB reserves the right to deny any photo requests that do not adhere to the usage guidelines. Unauthorized use of Quad Cities CVB photos will result in denial of future requests and possible legal action.

Name Company Address City State Zip Phone Email

Please include specific comments as to how the photo(s) will be used.

Marvels on the MississippiToday's Events
View Full Event Calendar » View Full Event Calendar »