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Museum Week Puts the Spotlight on the Quad Cities – June 17-25, 2017

Quad Cities – The Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau (QCCVB) and area museums hold their third Quad Cities Museum Week on June 17-25, 2017. This year the museums put the spotlight on the Quad Cities by highlighting historical figures from the area, items, inventions, and important moments in Quad Cities history.

Nearly 20 museums from across the Quad Cities region join to bring this fun-filled week to the residents of and visitors to the Quad Cities. Visit for information on what each museum is offering and a printable, online event program.

“From tunnel tours and Buffalo Bill to the ‘Black Box’ used on air flights, and automobiles manufactured in the Quad Cities, this year’s Museum Week puts the Quad Cities in the spotlight,” said Charlotte Morrison, QCCVB vice-president of marketing & communications. “It’s a great opportunity to enjoy fun, exciting and interesting adventures that tell a story about the Quad Cities.”

Museum Geocache
Also part of the week-long event is the Museum Geocache. Geocaching is a treasure hunt and any given treasure, known as a geocache, has specific coordinates of longitude and latitude to which seekers must travel to locate the treasure. Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a GPS receiver or GPS-enabled smartphone and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches,” anywhere in the world.

By finding some or all of the Quad Cities Museum caches, you will learn about the many great museums in the community. There will be a total of 12 museums are participating in the Geocache. All the geocaches are outside the museums. To get started on your treasure hunt during Quad Cities Museum Week, go to and see if you can collect a wooden nickel from all of the participating museums geocaches. Participating Geocache museums include the Buffalo Bill Cody Homestead, Buffalo Bill Museum, Butterworth Center, Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village, Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, German American Heritage Center, Iowa 80 Trucking Museum, Putnam Museum, and Rock Island County Historical Society.

This year’s Museum Week participants include:
Augustana College
Arsenal Museum
Buffalo Bill Museum
Bufffalo Bill Cody Homestead
Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House
Colonel Davenport House
Dan Nagle Walnut Grove Pioneer Village
Davenport Schools Museum
Family Museum
Figge Art Museum
German American Heritage Center
Hauberg Indian Museum/Black Hawk State Historic Site
Iowa 80 Trucking Museum
Karpeles Manuscript Museum
Palmer Family and Chiropractic History Museum
Putnam Museum & Science Center
Rock Island County Historical Society

Quad Cities Museum Week is presented by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, KWQC-TV6, Dispatch/Argus newspapers, and WVIK. The event is designed to showcase the wealth of museums in the Quad Cities region and to create greater awareness about each museum’s offerings. For more information on the geocache and Quad Cities Museum Week, go to The website includes geocache information, museum events and listings, and a downloadable, printable brochure.

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