The Smithsonian Institute’s annual Museum Day opens the doors of about 1,400 facilities nationwide for no charge to visitors.

On Saturday, that means free admission to the Putnam Museum and the Figge Art Museum, in Davenport.

Go to and download the ticket, good for two admissions. Only one set per household, per email address.

At the Putnam, the Ohio-based Doktor Kaboom will entertain and educate at 4 p.m. Kaboom is the creation of actor-comedian David Epley, who conducts “increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations,” according to

Meanwhile at the Figge, it’s a chance to see “NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration” before its last week on display, as well “Posing Beauty in African American Culture” and “Waxing Poetic: Exploring Expression in Art.”

A tour of “NASA | ART” begins at 1:30 p.m., and a related film, “When We Left Earth — The NASA Missions” begins at 2:30 p.m.

Also participating, according to the Smithsonian website, are the Buffalo Bill Museum in LeClaire, Muscatine Art Center, Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City and the Herbert Hoover Museum in West Branch, Iowa. The list shows no participants on the Illinois area of the Quad-Cities.


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