• Bix at the Putnam Concert

    Date: August 03, 2017

    Time: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center

    To kick off the 46th Annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival, the Putnam Museum and the Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Society have partnered together to present a FREE jazz concert featuring the Fat Babies. Andy Schumm will perform using the Putnam’s national treasure: Bix’s iconic cornet.
    The Fat Babies are an eight piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, it’s members include Andy Schumm – cornet, John Otto –reeds, Jonathan Doyle –reeds, Dave Bock –trombone, John Donatowicz –banjo & guitar, Paul Asaro –piano and Alex Hall –drums.
    For questions or more information on the concert, contact events coordinator Georgia Stear at gstear@putnam.org or 563-336-7308. 

  • Great American Solar Eclipse

    Date: August 21, 2017

    Time: 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum GIANT Screen Theater

    Did you know that on average, any given spot on Earth’s surface will go for several centuries without seeing a total eclipse?
    The rare occurrence of a total eclipse will take place on August 21 – when part of the United States will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse.  People across the United States will see the sun disappear behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight and revealing massive streamers of light streaking through the sky around the silhouette of the moon.
    To make this rare occurrence an unforgettable one, the Putnam Museum & Science Center will be live streaming the solar eclipse on our GIANT screen during a FREE event!
    Viewers will be able to safely view the total eclipse, which will be simulcast from Aurora, Nebraska (the second longest full eclipse duration point in the U.S.), while also learning about an eclipse from experts from the Quad City Astronomical Society.
    During the event, experts will provide explanations of what is going on and what it means to the increasing body of knowledge about the sun and its atmosphere.
    At the same time, a viewing area will be available outside the Putnam for viewers to witness the partial, but almost total, eclipse.**

    **Please note: it is never safe to look directly at the sun's rays – even if the sun is partly obscured during an eclipse. When watching an eclipse you must wear eclipse glasses at all times if you want to face the sun. All participants will need to sign a waiver before watching the eclipse from the outdoor viewing location.

    To reserve a spot in the theater for this free event or for questions and more information, contact the Putnam at 563-324-1933. 

  • Monarch Butterfly Workshop

    Date: August 19, 2017

    Time: 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center

    Calling all butterfly enthusiasts –the Putnam’s annual Monarch Butterfly Workshop is back! Join us on Saturday, August 19 and you can learn all about these special pollinators. With butterfly care workshops, crafts and activities and a movie scheduled for throughout the day, you’re sure to walk away in awe of these amazing insects. You’ll even get to take a caterpillar home for yourself!
    Day packages are $11 and include:
    Butterfly Care Workshop
    10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. or 1 p.m.
    Crafts & Activities
    10a.m. – 2p.m.
    Monarch Butterfly Slideshow
    Flight of the Butterflies 3D on the GIANT Screen
    11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m.
    PLUS, one caterpillar to take home!
    Workshop only tickets are available at $3 per person. Extra caterpillars will be available at $3 a piece.
    Registration forms are due by August 17th. For more information, visit Putnam.org or call 563-324-1933.

  • Engineering Camp

    Date: July 24, 2017 - July 28, 2017

    Time: 9a.m. - 3p.m. Daily

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center

    Fun, imaginative sessions including LEGO® robotics, a GIANT Screen 3D film, the opportunity to create and learn
    side by side with engineers from Iowa State University and the Quad City Engineering & Science Council and much more await your camper! Don’t miss out on one of the area’s most popular summer programs! 

    Choose one of the following days:
    July 24 & July 25 : Grades 4 – 6
    July 26 : Grades 2 - 3
    July 27 : Grades 4 – 8  **GIRLS ONLY**
    July 28 : Grades 7-8

    Campers will be pre-assigned a group & we cannot gaurantee that siblings or friends will be in the same group. 

    Download a registration form

    *NOTE: The grades listed for camps are the grades the students will be entering in the fall.
    Engineering Camps end at 3 PM - No before or after care available this week.

    Engineering Kids Camp is generously sponsored by:



  • Don't Try This at Home Summer Camp -SOLD OUT!

    Date: July 31, 2017 - August 04, 2017

    Time: 9a.m. - 3p.m. Daily

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center

    Come to this camp for science that leaves a mark – we’ll try all those things you could never do at home and end our week with a BANG!

    Available for grades 5th - 8th (grade student will be entering in the fall)

    Before and after care is available from 8am to 4pm. 

    Pre-registration is required. For additional questions, please contact Alison Niebuhr.  

    This camp has sold out.

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