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Bix Beiderbecke Museum

Bix Beiderbecke Museum opens with acclaim

Sights and sounds

Sights and sounds include unique artifacts, rare photos, storyboards, touchscreens, videos, home movie clips, heartwarming letters and, of course, magnificent recordings.

Bix's piano
The last piano Bix played, from his New York City apartment where he died. He bought it shortly before his death in 1931.
It was the only piano he ever purchased.

For decades, many music and history lovers have proposed the creation of a permanent repository for displaying and preserving items related to, and in honor of, the great American jazz cornetist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

That wish has become a dazzling reality.

Since its grand opening August 3, 2017, the Bix Beiderbecke Museum in his hometown of Davenport, Iowa, has attracted more than 600 visitors from at least three-dozen states and six foreign countries.

Reviews and photos

DownBeat Magazine: Showcases fabled and mythic personification of the 1920s Jazz Age.

Forbes: Bix and his dear friend Louis Armstrong left an indelible mark on American music history

Visitor's journal: A treasure!

Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau: 50-year dream

TripAdvisor: Very well done! Go and visit!

WHBF-TV: Hundreds visit

Location and when to visit

The museum graces the lower level of the River Music Experience building, 2nd and Main Streets, in downtown Davenport.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Ribbon cutting
(From left) Liz Beiderbecke-Hart, great niece of Bix; Geri Bowers, Bix historian (behind Beiderbecke-Hart); Howard Braren, museum president and Bix relative; Al Van Tieghem, museum benefactor; Alexander Leon Hart, great-great-great nephew of Bix and grandson of Liz Beiderbecke Hart; Davenport Mayor Frank Klipsch; Jim Petersen, Bix relative; Bix Sandke, son of Randy Sandke; Randy Sandke, musician and Bix historian; Carol Schaefer, project manager. 

Bix Beiderbecke Museum & Archive
River Music Experience, 129 N. Main St., Davenport, IA 52801
563-326-1333 Ext. 114  |  contact@bixmuseum.org

Funding for this website was provided by a grant from the Riverboat Development Authority