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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

Rube Goldberg The World of Hilarious Invention! ExhibitDiscover the process behind Rube Goldberg and his fantastically ridiculous machines and dream up your own inventions at this new exhibit.
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
Polar Express Pajama PartyFamilies of all ages can expect tons of fun while attending a Polar Express Pajama Party, a QC holiday tradition, over ten years strong!
The Polar Express Sensory-Friendly ShowingBelieve in the holiday magic with this sensory-friendly showing of The Polar Express on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m.
FIRST LEGO League QualifiersVolunteers Needed for FIRST LEGO League Qualifiers - No Experience Required
Rube Goldberg Family DayRing in the New Year %u2014 literally %u2014 by building your own Rube Goldberg-inspired contraption with a fun, competitive family event!
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