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

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!

Exhibit Update!

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

Explore, Learn & Play at Home

Enjoy a collection of fun science experiments and activities YOU can do at home.

Coming this Spring!

Construction has begun on our new World Culture Gallery. We're excited to celebrate our diverse community and foster understanding of lifeways across the globe in this new exhibit space. More details to come!

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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.

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    Interested in working at the Putnam? View our employment opportunities here!  LEARN MORE
  • Be a part of our Contemporary History project!

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

    Find out how elements shape our world with a Putnam original, hands-on exhibit! 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
  • 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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