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Day Trip: It’s all about Princess Diana

Putnam Museum keeps exhibit open this month

DAVENPORT, Iowa – An exhibit set to close at the first of the year continues to stay open until Jan. 26.

Diana, A Celebration has been at the Putnam Museum since September. It's popularity has led to an extended visit.

As the name suggests, the exhibit focuses on the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Nine galleries of displays bring to mind her humanitarian work, as well as her life. Princess Diana's clothing, including her wedding dress and 28 other dresses, mementos, heirlooms, pictures and movies, and paintings make up this collect from the Althorp Estate, her family home.

In particular, visitors will see clothing worn in public along with designer facts, the original text of the tribute made by her brother, Charles Spencer, ninth Earl Spencer, at her funeral, and two diamond tiaras with other family jewels.

The global tour of the exhibit will end in the summer. The items will pass to Princess Diana's two sons, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Henry of Wales.

"The Putnam Museum is honored to be one of the last three places this remarkable exhibit will ever be available to the public," Kim Findlay, Putnam's president and CEO, said in a press release. "The exhibition gives us an opportunity to be close to the compassion and sense of natural sophistication for which Princess Diana became legendary."

In other parts of the museum, two presentations are being shown on the big screen. "Jerusalem 3D" takes viewers to holy sites and other parts of the city and nearby regions in Israel. The movie closes March 20. Also showing is "Rocky Mountain Express," until Feb. 6. This film is a train trip into the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

Movie tickets are extra and range from $8.50 to $12.50 for adults; $7.50 to $11 for seniors, students, and the military; and $6.50 to $9 for youth.

The museum also has a number of permanent exhibits. They take visitors to Asia in the Asian Gallery and to the land of pyramids in Unearthing Ancient Egypt. Other areas to explore are Black Earth, Big River; Hall of Mammals; Ocean Experience; River, Prairie and People; ViewSpace; Spark Learning Lab; Uwé Warúmi: The Trading Space.

If you go

What: Diana, A Celebration

Where: Putnam Museum, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, Iowa

When: Exhibit closes Jan. 26. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday

Cost: Diana exhibit, $18 adult; $16 seniors, students and military personnel; and $13 youth – includes access to museum halls

Regular admission: $7 adults, $6 seniors, students and military; and $5 youth

Information and to reserve tickets: Visit or call 563-324-1933

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