Health & Safety

Monday, February 8, 2021
With the ongoing health and safety of our visitors and staff as our top priority, our protocols have not changed. We will continue to maintain our safety protocols as guided by the CDC for social distancing, face coverings, and capacities. 

Thursday, September 24, 2020
Beginning September 26, the widely anticipated return of our interactive technologies will begin with special precautions in place! Areas of the Science Center will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchasing a general admission ticket in advance is highly encouraged. The health and safety guidelines outlined below still apply. 

Monday, July 6, 2020 (revised 7/27/20)
The Putnam is excited to open its doors again to members on Wednesday, July 8 and to the public on Wednesday, July 15! We have implemented the following guidelines to help ensure the health, safety and enjoyment of our staff and visitors.

Before You Visit

  • The Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm. The Theater is currently closed.
  • Up to 50 guests will be permitted in the Museum at any given time to allow for social distancing.
  • Advanced ticketing is highly encouraged. Admission will be based on timed entry. Purchase tickets here. For groups of over 15 people, contact Bridget to arrange a group visit.
  • If you don’t purchase an advanced ticket and the Museum is at capacity, you will be asked to wait outside in your vehicle. Call 563-324-1933 prior to your visit to see if spaces are available.
  • The safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority.  Visitors (age 3 and up) and employees are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth. Complimentary disposable masks are available at the ticketing counter. 
  • When planning your visit, note that the Science Center and other interactives are closed at this time. Exhibits will be cleaned on a rotating basis during the day. A closure for cleaning schedule will be available at the ticketing desk.

During Your Visit

  • Please enter through the V. O. Figge Natural Science Entrance which is located directly off our parking lot.
  • Please practice social distancing while awaiting admission.
  • Please note the Giant Screen Theater, Science Center, and other interactives are closed at this time.
  • No food or drink is allowed inside the Museum.
  • Credit or debit cards are preferred.
  • Family units are encouraged to stay together.
  • The Putnam encourages social distancing as best you can and use the posted exhibit capacities as a guide. If the area you are in gets too crowded, you may choose to move to another area that is not so crowded.
  • Staff will be cleaning exhibit galleries periodically throughout the day. Areas will be closed for short periods of time to clean surfaces. 
  • Please wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and please stay home if you feel sick or have any symptoms such as fever, cough, & shortness of breath.

The Putnam has taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our other guests, and our employees. Please follow all posted instructions while visiting the Museum. COVID-19 is a contagious disease with potentially severe consequences. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting the Putnam Museum and Science Center you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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