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Address: Open in the lower level of Lyceum Hall, 115 W. 7th Street (corner of 7th and Brady streets) in Davenport, Iowa
Phone: 563-884-5404
Web Site:
Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday with the college is in session
Admission: Free
Media Contact: Alana Callender, 563-884-5404 or
What's New:

  • Palmer College is planning to move its museum to a new location in downtown Davenport.  It's a historic building that formerly housed a bank on the corner Brady and 3rd street.

The Quad Cities is the birthplace of chiropractic when D.D. Palmer performed the first adjustment in 1895 in Davenport. This history is showcased in a venue on the Palmer College of Chiropractic campus in Davenport, Iowa.

"Hundreds of chiropractors come here each year to attend events at Palmer or just to visit chiropractic's birthplace, said Alana Callender, Director of the Palmer Foundation for Chiropractic History. "This museum is a focal point not only for them, but also for others wanting to learn more about chiropractic. The Palmer collection is without rival and this facility shares the collection with the profession."

For the past century, the Palmer family and Palmer College have been avid collectors of chiropractic artifacts. The Palmer Museum collection is comprised of more than 6,000 cataloged items, including 3,000 skeletal elements. Major collections include B.J. Palmer's osteological collection, more than 100 adjusting tables, and memorabilia from the Spears Chiropractic Hospital. Some of the featured items is the table that B.J. Palmer claimed his father D.D. Palmer used to perform the first chiropractic adjustment on Harvey Lillard on September 18, 1895, and a replication of D.D. Palmer's office circa 1890.

The main gallery is more than 1,900 square feet, and additional exhibits are located throughout Lyceum Hall and the rest of the Palmer campus. The art collection remains in the B.J. and Mabel Palmer Mansion, located at 808 Brady Street, Davenport, Iowa. Mansion tours are by appointment only.

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