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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

Polar Express Pajama Parties 2017Families of all ages can expect tons of fun while attending one of the scheduled parties. Along with the showing of The Polar Express - 3D.
Putnam Holiday Membership Discount From NOW through Dec. 31, Putnam Museum memberships are discounted $10.
Polar Express 3D - Putnam Giant ScreenPolar Express 3D tells the story of a young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole. Call Putnam for movie times.
The Three Tenors Holiday Concert on ScreenJoin friends at the Putnam GIANT Screen and be transported around the world to watch as The Three Tenors perform the holiday classics.
Story Time in the Putnam's GIANT Screen TheaterReady to ring in the New Year? Cozy up in the Putnam's GIANT Screen Theater with a GIANT book, read by museum educator Ms. Patty!
Explorers/Explorers Jr: The Wild OceanLearn how you connect to the ocean's wild, sometimes curious inhabitants and how humans shape their underwater ecosystem.
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