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The original and only piano Bix Beiderbecke owned will be on display at the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive in the basement of the River Music Experience, Davenport. 

Andy Abeyta, QUAD-CITY TIMES

As part of its inaugural month, the Bix Beiderbecke Museum and Archive in Davenport will waive admission fees through Friday, Sept. 1. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for students (12-18 years old). For more information, visit www.bixmuseum.org.

The Bix Beiderbecke Museum is in the lower level, referred to as the “Root Cellar,” of the Redstone building, 129 N. Main St., Davenport. The building is also home to the River Music Experience. The new Bix Beiderbecke Museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The new museum honors the life and music of Bix Beiderbecke and features many original artifacts related to Beiderbecke and his colleagues, as well as a life-size figure of the cornetist in a re-creation of the bandstand at Hudson Lake, Indiana. Bix spent the summer there in 1926 playing with the Goldkette Orchestra.

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