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Davenport Figge Art Museum

The Figge Art Museum is one of the newest and most memorable buildings to ever be built in the Quad Cities. It is located in downtown Davenport on River Drive, next to the new Sky Bridge.

This new, modern addition to the landscape had its foundation laid in 1925 as the Davenport Municipal Art Gallery. This made Davenport the first city to house a municipal art gallery in all of Iowa. The museum has grown considerably since its opening in 1925. In fact, the collection now consists of more than 3,500 works of art from many cultures throughout the world and periods of history.

This huge growth of the collection, which multiplied over ten-fold, created the need for a new, larger location. The new building, which renames the museum, the “Figge Art Museum” is a 70,000 square foot building designed by the well known London architect, David Chipperfield.

The move to this larger facility will allow the Museum to continue to collect and exhibit an ever growing collection of art. It will also house several teaching and studio areas to promote art at a local level. People of all ages and ability levels will be able to take studio art classes in a variety of mediums. Area teachers will incorporate Figge art exhibitions and collections into their school curriculum. Businesses will have the opportunity to conduct videoconferences in the state of the art auditorium. An exciting new feature is that people from all over the world will be able to take a video tour of the galleries via the Internet.

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The Figge Museum has already become a focal point for the downtown. The design of the building, which reflects everything around it, immediately draws your attention. It is also one of few Museums in the world that will be able to use natural light to illuminate exhibits. The Glass walls that the building is made of have special filters in the glass as well as shades built into them to filter out harmful sun rays to prevent damaging the delicate artwork. This means you will be able to see the art in its most natural setting. The floor to ceiling glass also provides sweeping views of the Mississippi River.

The Mark of the Quad Cities has greatly stimulated development in Moline, and the Figge Art Museum is expected to do the same for downtown Davenport. The museum will house a large gift shop and full service restaurant. Also available is a 180 seat auditorium that can be used for meetings, performances and a media center.

The new Museum facilities will greatly increase the ability to draw blockbuster exhibitions, which will provide a chance to learn about other world cultures, history, new technology and more. This is an exciting time for the Quad Cities and the addition of the Figge Art Museum in Davenport is a major addition to the new growth taking over the Quad Cities.

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