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Reservations encouraged. Face Coverings Required. Theater temporarily closed. Science Center Open Sat-Sun!

Museum Open March 15 and 22

Spend your next no school day at the Putnam! We're open 10am-5pm on March 15 and 22. See you soon!

Play: The Story of Toys

From ancient times to today, children have played with toys! Explore the role of toys and play in society through this Putnam-original exhibit!

Visit the Museum Store!

Featuring unique toys, gifts, and natural science specimen curated locally and from around the world! Stop by Wed – Sun from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibit Update!

Thank you for your patience while Unearthing Ancient Egypt is closed for construction through Spring '21.

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Whether you’re 2 or 92, there’s always something new to discover at the Putnam!

The Putnam is a place where people connect with history and ideas by doing, making and experiencing. Our classes and special events complement our hands-on exhibit galleries. There is always something new to discover and something for everyone at the Putnam.

  • Exhibit Wish List

    Our curators need help from you to complete upcoming exhibits! Check out the wish list here.  LEARN MORE
  • The Putnam is now part of Museums for All!

    The Putnam is a member of Museums for All, a nation-wide signature program of the Institute of Museum and... LEARN MORE
  • Become a Putnam Member!

    Become a member and you can experience all that the Putnam has to offer while having access to special perks. LEARN MORE
  • Be a part of our Contemporary History project!

    We are living history right now! Help us document it. ... LEARN MORE
  • Discover the weird and wonderful periodic table!

    Find out how elements shape our world with a Putnam original, hands-on exhibit! LEARN MORE
  • Learning starts at home!

    Discover fun science experiments and activities from our Education Department, and make learning fun! LEARN MORE
  • Discover something new!

    Explore the science behind sound, light, design and more with hands-on interactives in the Science Center - open weekends! LEARN MORE
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