In-Museum Programs

Who doesn’t want to get a look “behind the scenes?” With over 170,000 items in our collection, we don’t have room to display it all! These programs have been developed by our curators specifically for our adult visitors to learn more about how and why museums collect artifacts and care for them. 

Each program lasts approximately 45 minutes and includes a PowerPoint presentation, time for Q & A, and most include museum artifacts from our collection which are not on display.

The program cost is $85.00 for up to 50 people in one program. To find out more information please contact the Education Department at 563-324-1933 or email

Additional Information for Educators

African Adaptation Safari
Caring for Your Treasures
Gifts from the Seas
Strange Objects: Celebrating Wonderfully Weird Objects from the Putnam Collections
The Davenport Tablet Conspiracy
Scans Unwrap & Look Inside Our Mummies
Prehistory of the Quad Cities
Stitches Through Time – History of Quilting
The Deadly Museum: From Poisoned Arrows to Hot Rocks
Women’s Roles in Society: Fashion & History
Famous Fort Armstrong

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