Welcome Back!

Reservations encouraged. Face Coverings Required. Read our guidelines for more information. Science Center temporarily closed.

Visit our Suffrage Exhibit!

Learn about local women who pushed for change and got the right to vote! Open through Election Day!

Explore, Learn & Play at Home

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

Museum Store Now Open!

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.


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 are a great complement to our hands-on exhibit galleries. There is always something new to discover and something for everyone at the Putnam.

  • 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
  • 'Liberated Voices / Changed Lives'

    Discover the Quad Cites’ unique suffrage story, 100 years after the 19th Amendment gave women the vote. LEARN MORE
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