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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.

Hours

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

Putnam family night offers extended hours and science demos!Putnam educators will bring science to life on Friday as the museum and science center kicks off a series of family nights!
Jan18Feb15Mar15Apr12
Literary Heroines ExhibitStrong and influential female protagonists spring from the pages of some of the most iconic books and into the Putnam.
Dec15-2426-31Jan1-6
Polar Express Pajama Party Families of all ages can expect tons of fun while attending a Polar Express Pajama Party. QC holiday tradition for over 10 years.
Dec1516
Polar Express Pajama PartyFamilies of all ages can expect tons of fun while attending a Polar Express Pajama Party - QC holiday tradition for over ten years.
Dec1516
Polar Express Pajama Party Families of all ages can expect tons of fun while attending a Polar Express Pajama Party - QC holiday tradition for over ten years.
Dec16
Putnam Discovery Days: The Great Planet AdventureEver dream of breaking free of Earth's gravity and exploring the wild terrain of different planets and their moons?
Dec2021
Putnam Discovery Days: "Magnetism" From dazzling auroras to the invisible force that protects us all from harmful particles from the sun and galaxy - magnetism is all around.
Dec26-28
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