German American Heritage Center, Davenport

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  • Exhibits were a nice collection of our German Heritage. I found it to be educational and we enjoyed it. You could take your time...we were there over a hour. Even watched a short film. Been wanting to...  more »
  • Old building being re-modeled but barrier down so saw it all. Nice collection of German heritage, yearly exhibit on 1917 and war and problems German immigrants had with war effort, since many had chur...  more »
  • We spent a little over an hour at the museum. We were welcomed by a friendly lady who have us a thorough overview of the museum. We learned alot about what it was like for Germans when they came to th...  more »
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  • Located in a restored, 1800s, former hotel., with ample off-street parking. Its located within blocks of the heart of downtown Dsvenport, riverfront parks, and the minor league baseball park. The museum has a gift store, a couple restored rooms from it's days as a hotel, an extensive display of the history of German immigration to the Midwest and how it related to events happening in Germany, as well as artifacts and stories relating to immigrant life in Davenport from the early 1800s to the early 1900s. Currently there is a large display related to the WWI time period, and the suspicion and animosity towards Germans in the area. The State of Iowa even passed laws forbidding the use of the German language. A current, smaller display is of the magician Harry Houdini, and includes video clips of him performing, and artifacts such as some of the handcuffs he used in his performances. The building is handicap accessible, and has an elevator to the upper floors. The museum regularly puts on special programs, including music and holiday related themes.
  • Excellent..the history of WW 1 treatment of my German ancestors is terrible.. very educational.. worth a visit
  • Being a third generation German, this museum really made me feel at home. Plus the history they have is astonishing.
  • Loved our tour! Definitely a diamond find in the QC that more locals should know about and visit! Very impressive!
  • We came from Germany to visit the German American Heritage Center in Davenport, IA. We were surprised to be greeted by a fluent German speaking lady (Mrs. Hofmann). In the exhibition, sometimes a golden thread is missing, but all is educational and made with passion for detail. We enjoyed the stay, thanks alot!

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