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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

Nearby Attractions

Upcoming Events

John Patti - Steel Pan Drummer ConcertJohn Patti's full-length concert, presented by Quad City Arts' Visiting Artist Series, with support from the Putnam Museum
Mar28
Rube Goldberg Machine ContestUse teamwork and problem-solving skills to dream up and build your own working Rube Goldberg machine!
Feb15
GIANT Screen Storytime: "The Snowy Day"A snowy day can be a bummer %u2014 but not if you are able to go outside and play in the cold, beautiful and fluffy snow!
Jan24
Discovery Dome: "Two Small Pieces of Glass"Do you know the history behind the telescope? Join us on Saturday, Feb. 1 to learn more in the Discovery Dome!
Feb1
Explorers Jr.: Heroes with Four LegsDoes your child know the many jobs our four-legged heroes do so well? Test their knowledge on Feb. 1!
Feb1
Explorers: Curate Your Own CollectionHas your child ever wanted to design their own museum exhibit? They can begin their journey to designing museum exhibits with this workshop!
Feb1
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