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The Putnam is a place where people connect with history and ideas by doing, making and experiencing. Our classes and special events are a great complement to our hands-on exhibit galleries. There is always something new to discover and something for everyone at the Putnam! The Putnam’s exciting 10,000-square-foot Science Center features more than 45 hands-on stations that make science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts fun for visitors of all ages. Five Exhibit Halls, plus changing traveling exhibitions, stimulate everyone's imagination. Black Earth/Big River is an interactive display of ecosystems of the Upper Mississippi River Valley; Hall of Mammals lets you see and hear life-like African and Arctic animals in their natural settings; River, Prairie and People explores the history of the Quad Cities region; and the Asian/Egyptian Gallery explores the mysteries of ancient civilizations and includes a 3,000 year-old mummy. Top your visit off with a movie in the National Geographic Giant Screen Theater which towers five stories high and seven stories wide and features a variety of movies each day.

Have you ever wanted to pet a polar bear, dance with dolphins or go eye-to-eye with an elephant? Now you can in the Quad Cities’ first-ever augmented reality experience, only at the Putnam!

The augmented reality adventure, “Air, Land & Sea,” is centered around a dynamic, ever-changing watering hole that allows visitors to meet a diverse range of animals from Africa to the Artic as they graze, drink and interact with the environment around them.

Putnam visitors will be able to interact in real-time with amazing 3D characters and animals as part of the region’s first augmented reality experience. Once your adventure is complete, you will be emailed a photo and social media ready video you can then share with your friends and family.


Sunday12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Upcoming Events

RACE: Are We So Different? ExhibitUsing a scientific framework and a historical lens, the new exhibit at The Putnam aims to answer one simple question: Are we so different?
Decadence on Division, Gala Fundraiser for Putnam11.9.19 Decadence on Division, A Gala Fundraiser for the Putnam Museum and Science Center - a roaring 20's themed gala!
Engineering Kids Camp: FIRST LEGO League CampBeat the summer slide with a summer camp that's parent-approved and full of fun!
SUMMER CAMP: Magic Tree HouseDo you love books? Are you a dinosaur enthusiast? Bring your imagination and join us on an adventure back in time 65 million years!
SUMMER CAMP: Code & Go! Campers will have fun as they learn to with robots and learn a little about coding and programming along the way.
SUMMER CAMP: Code, Create & Animate!Campers will learn basic coding for our resident robots and learn how to code an interactive story or create a game using SCRATCH!
SUMMER CAMP: American Girl CampBring yourself and your favorite American Girl doll for fun crafts and girl power at the Putnam during American Girl Camp!
SUMMER CAMP: Artiste de VoyageSeeking creative, adventurous and curious kids: At Artiste de Voyage, campers will learn exciting techniques to make beautiful art projects!
SUMMER CAMP: Create Your Own SuperheroWhether you are new to the superhero world or a lifelong fan, come join us at the Putnam!
SUMMER CAMP: Meteorology ManiaDo you dream of being a storm chaser one day? Join us and other campers as we explore together during Meteorology Mania!
SUMMER CAMP: Flight AcademyStudents take to the skies and explore the thrills of life at 30,000 feet with dynamic, hands-on, flight-based activities!
SUMMER CAMP: Survival - Camp ZJoin other survivalists to discover the necessary skills to outlast the zombie apocalypse!
Engineering Kids Camp: Full DayEngineering Kids Camp is an exciting, engaging experience for your young innovator and one of the Putnam's most popular camps!
Engineering Kids Camp: Full DayEngineering Kids Camp is an exciting, engaging experience for your young innovator and one of the Putnam's most popular camps!
Engineering Kids Camp: Girls DayThis special day is just for GIRLS!
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