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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

Artiste de Voyage at the PutnamIn this thrilling camp, get creative while examining the STEM processes that make art possible.
Jun25-29
Anyone Can Cook at the PutnamJoin us to sharpen your culinary skills, learn some new recipes and cook up some fun!
Jul16-20
Young Meteorologists at the PutnamAre you fascinated by the atmospheric phenomenon known to us as weather? Join us and other campus during this fun, two-day camp!
Jul23
Flight Academy Campers will fly alongside the aviation experts of the world, taking quick detours to examine the history of flight.
Jul9-13
Magic Tree HouseLike Jack and Annie, young campers enter the Magic Tree House for exciting adventures to an observatory, a space station and the Moon.
Jul16-20
Engineering Kids CampFun, imaginative sessions including LEGO robotics, a GIANT Screen 3D film, the opportunity to create and learn side by side engineers from
Jul23-27
East Meets West Documentary Screening at PutnamDocumentary screening of East Meets West: The First Railroad Bridge to Cross the Mississippi River.
Jun28
East Meets West Screening at the PutnamJoin us for a special screening of East Meets West: The First Railroad Bridge to Cross the Mississippi River.
Jun28
East Meets West Movie ShowingRiver Action is hosting a free screening of the documentary "East Meets West: The First Railroad Bridge to Cross the Mississippi River".
Jun28
Flight of the Butterflies Sensory-Friendly FilmJoin the Putnam for its next sensory-friendly film experience, "Flight of the Butterflies."
Jul8
Riverine Walk: Putnam Museum's ArtifactsRiverine Walk participants explore the Quad Cities through a series of guided walks.
Aug1
Riverine Walk: Putnam Museum's ArtifactsRiverine Walk participants explore the Quad Cities through a series of guided walks.
Aug4
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