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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!
Putnam Story Time: "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie"What happens when you give a mouse a cookie? Do mice even eat cookies? Let's find out together during Story Time on the GIANT Screen!
Explorers/Explorers Jr.: May the 4th Be With YOU!What was the gravitational force of the Death Star? How did speed racers fly? Come explore these Star Wars physics problems!
Barking Bazaar!Calling all DOG LOVERS: Explore the variety of toys, treats, services and more available from area and regional vendors.
"The Great Planet Adventures" Discovery DomeGear up for the FINAL Discovery Dome showing of the season with an encore viewing of one of the Putnam's newest mobile planetarium shows!
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