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Address: 1717 W. 12th Street in Davenport, Iowa

Phone: 563-324-1933

Web Site: 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.(Exhibit Halls). Movies are shown during and later than museum hours.

Museum Admission: $7 adults; $6 seniors; $5 youth 3-12years.  Movie prices vary.  Combo tickets available.

Media Contact: Jenna Smith, 563-324-1933 or

What's New:

The Putnam Museum’s giant screen movie theater is now affiliated with National Geographic.

Founded in 1867 as the Davenport Academy of Natural Sciences, the Putnam Museum was one of the first museums established west of the Mississippi River.

From its earliest beginnings, the Putnam has reflected the special interests of a vibrant community showcasing the collections of its citizens and providing a place to preserve the cultural and natural heritage of the region. The museum features an active schedule of permanent and changing exhibits, public programs, school services, and collections preservation.

Its award-winning exhibits transport visitors to different eras and places as they immerse themselves in a wealth of culture and natural history. Black Earth/Big River invites visitors to immerse themselves in a journey through the past and present environments of the Quad Cities region. Dioramas, realistic habitat displays, learning stations with interactive and participatory activities, and a 718-gallon aquarium are just some of the highlights of this exciting adventure.

River, Prairie, and People is an award-winning exhibit that takes visitors on a walk through time as they explore Quad Cities' history, from the early Native American settlements to the 21st century. Filled with artifacts, this hall brings nostalgic memories for young and old to share alike.

The museum has housed two mummies since the 1960s—one a 3,500-year-old mummy of a temple chantress, Isis Neferit. They are described as being among the museum’s most prized and popular possessions. The newly-renovated Egyptian Gallery reopened in August 2009 called “Unearthing Ancient Egypt” with several updated components, including new flooring; new lighting; new mummy cases; and a touch-screen video monitor that features results from the CT scans of the mummies performed at Genesis Medical Center two years ago. The space has been redesigned to be more immersive and tomb-like, with a focus on the culture and daily life of ancient Egyptians.

The Putnam Museum has a new brand partnership with National Geographic for their National Geographic Giant Screen Theater. The branding partnership provides exclusive marketing of the Giant Screen Theater to all National Geographic magazine and on-line subscribers in a 75-mile radius. The Putnam will also be connected to all classrooms in the region that utilize National Geographic Kids magazine. Additionally, the Putnam will gain special access to one of the world’s largest Giant-Screen film libraries that includes award-winning films in 2D and 3D digital formats. As a National Geographic Cinema partner, the Putnam will be among the first to show National Geographic films produced for Giant Screens. National Geographic has pledged to produce two new titles annually.  The Putnam opened its new theater in 2002.



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