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Address: 1400 River Drive in downtown Moline, Illinois
Phone: 309-765-1000
Web Site: www.johndeereattractions.com
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday
Admission: Free
Media Contact: Brigitte Tapscott, 309-765-1000 or tapscottbrigittes@johndeere.com
What's New:

  • They are one of the top five visited attractions in the State of Illinois.
  • The John Deere Pavilion repopened in February 2012 after a complete interior renovation. 

Moline, Illinois, is John Deere country and home to one of the most comprehensive agricultural exhibits in the world.  Come to the John Deere Commons along the Mississippi River in downtown Moline to visit the John Deere Pavilion.

The John Deere Pavilion presents a fascinating, interactive adventure at its 14,000-square-foot, glass- and steel-enclosed museum and store located near the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.  Celebrate the American heartland from the first horse-drawn plow to the latest modern-day combines and tractors.  The Pavilion is filled with agricultural artifacts that attract travelers from around the world. 

The new experience offers an up-close look at the company’s global businesses and products, rich history and heritage, and solutions for the challenges of providing food and infrastructure to the world’s growing population.  Interactive displays, original artifacts, kid’s discovery zone, and a variety of media engage visitors in a fun and exciting learning environment for the whole family.

Through videos guests hear owners and operators of these machines describe a typical workday and how John Deere equipment helps them work and shape the land.  Visitors also see previous concept machines explored by the company, now on display for the first time at the Pavilion.  These machines were produced to test and evaluate new technologies and designs, elements of which are now used in current products.

Machine simulators give visitors a chance to try their skills at operating an excavator or crawler dozer in a fun learning environment that looks, sounds, and feels very much like the actual machines when they are in operation. The simulators are the same ones used to train professional operators.

One carry-over from the previous Pavilion’s offerings is the film, "Anthem: A Song of the Land."  This awe-inspiring film, presented in high-definition, salutes the dedicated work of farm families worldwide.

The John Deere Store is a collector’s paradise.  Unique and fun memorabilia, ranging from John Deere fishing lures to commissioned artwork, is available.  Toys, clothing, jewelry, belt buckles and hats, all emblazoned with the famous leaping John Deere logo, give visitors the opportunity to take home their own piece of the legend. 

About John Deere

John Deere was born in 1804 in Vermont, where he learned the blacksmith trade.  He moved to Grand Detour, Illinois, in the 1830s and opened his own blacksmith shop.  In 1837 he invented the self scouring plow - which was the first successful plow designed to break cleanly through the rich alluvial earth of the Midwest.  In 1848, John Deere moved his operation 70 miles south to Moline, taking advantage of the water power and transportation offered by the Mississippi River.  In 1868, Deere’s business was incorporated under the name Deere & Company.  John Deere died in 1886, but his heirs were to lead the company for most of the next century and make it into the world’s largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment.

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Visitors can also tour John Deere’s original home in Grand Detour, Illinois, where he created his first self-scouring steel plow.  The John Deere Historic Site is located near Dixon, Illinois, an hour northeast of the Quad Cities.  The site welcomes guests daily, April through November.  www.JohnDeereHistoricSite.com

John Deere Harvester Works, located in East Moline, Illinois, is the producer of the powerful harvesting machines, the John Deere 70 Series STS Combine, along with a full line of front-end equipment.  The factory overhaul in 2007 also added a 6,100 square foot Visitor Center, open 8 am-4 pm Monday-Friday, that showcases a 70 Series STS Combine, offering guests an up-close view of the giant and powerful harvesting machine.

Harvester Works factory tours give guests a chance to view manufacturing first-hand. A tour guide escorts guests through the 81-acre facility aboard motorized trams where they will see the largest laser system in North America, a 500,000 gallon paint system and the impressive final assembly line where it all comes together.  Schedule a factory tour today and see the largest and most modern combine manufacturing facility in the world at work.  www.johndeereattractions.com

Factory Tour Departure Times

Monday - Friday (when factory is operational)

8am, 10am and 12:30pm

All tours must be scheduled in advance.

Schedule a Factory Tour

Phone: (800) 765-9588 or Email: johndeereagtours@johndeere.com

 

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