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About The Family Museum

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The Family Museum is a department of the City of Bettendorf, Iowa. Built in 1997, the Museum is located on Bettendorf's Learning Campus next to Faye's Field and the Bettendorf Public Library & Information Center. The Family Museum prides itself on offering unique and educational experiences for children and families. Exhibits and programs are designed for a primary audience of children eight and younger with an adult caregiver. 

The Family Museum includes 44,000 square feet of programming space with a 10,400 square foot interactive exhibit hall, three multi-purpose rooms for dance instruction and performances, two preschool classrooms, two art studios, one science studio, a party room, Corner Store, and a private outdoor playground.

The Museum has hosted exciting traveling exhibits such as Hubble Space Telescope: New View of the Universe, Grossology: the Impolite Science of the Human BodyThe Vision of Jim Henson, Blue Man Group: Making Waves, Bob the Builder Project:Build It, and Adventures with Clifford The Big Red Dog. In addition to exhibits, the Museum has welcomed special presentations by famed productions like Cirque du Soleil, The Tap Dogs, and presentations from Grammy nominees Justin Roberts and Trout Fishing in America.

The Museum offers daily Drop-In activities, special Saturday events, Play Pals to supplement the gallery's learning experience, and a wide range of interactive hands-on exhibits.Please explore this website for more information about Drop-Ins, events, and exhibits!

Admission

  • $7 for everyone ages 2 - 59
  • $4 for one-year-old children and adults ages 60+
  • $4 for active military personnel, their spouse, and children residing in the household  
  • Free for visitors under age one and all Family Museum members

Please note:

  • Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. 
  • We are closed on New Year's Day, Easter Day, Memorial Day, The Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Handicap Parking

Due to the closure of the Bettendorf Public Library’s west parking lot, handicap parking for the Family Museum has been temporarily moved. Four handicap spots will be available on the south end of the bridge directly across from the Museum’s west side entrance. The handicap parking has replaced the five minute parking. Normal fines and penalties will be enforced during this time. If anyone is in need of further assistance, they are asked to call the Family Museum at (563) 344-4106. 

Special Needs Kits Available

The Family Museum is pleased to offer visitors a special sensory kit to assist those who may need support with calming children with special needs. Upon request, our Guest Services staff will gladly provide you with a kit filled with such items as calming brushes, sensory toys, and tools to assist children with tension that they may endure while playing at the Museum. Also, the Museum's staff is happy to provide you with a quiet low-lit room when necessary to help your child.

Family Museum Code of Conduct

For your information, here are our guidelines for behavior while visiting the Family Museum. Please note that the Family Museum reserves the right to remove any person whose behavior is disruptive or inappropriate for a children's museum environment or interferes with the use of the Museum by others.

We had the greatest time today! We are a Brownie troop from Burlington. We spent nearly five hours here and we still weren't ready to leave.
— Shawna