• Story Time: "A Bad Case of the Stripes"

    Date: March 26, 2019

    Time: 10:15 - 11:15 a.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum and Science Center

    Camilla Cream loves lima beans, but she never eats them. Why? Because the other kids in her school don't like them. And Camilla Cream is very, very worried about what other people think of her. In fact, she's so worried that she's about to break out in...a bad case of stripes!

    Join a Putnam educator on March 26 as they read the book “A Bad Case of the Stripes” by David Shannon as it is projected on the GIANT Screen. And don't forget to stick around for fun craft activity!

    NOTE: Story Time is FREE, but we ask that you arrive with plenty of time to sign in and find a seat. Late arrivals will not be permitted in the theater. This event is recommended for children ages 3-6. Parents must attend with their child.

    Questions? Contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at bboyd-carlson@putnam.org or 563-336-7308.

  • Discovery Dome: "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System"

    Date: April 13, 2019

    Time: 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.


    Investigate the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our galaxy with “IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System” — playing ONLY at the Putnam's Discovery Dome on April 13!

    Learn about the creation of NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX) satellite, its mission and how it’s collecting high-speed atoms to create a map of our Solar System’s boundary with this awe-striking mobile planetarium show!

    The Dome experience is fully immersive, and viewers are presented with planetarium-style videos and images from an advanced dual-mirror projection system.

    Everyone is able to partake in the Discovery Dome experience as the dome has a full-size stand-up door which guests can walk through; no crawling or shoe removal is necessary. The dome is also wheelchair accessible.
    "IBEX: Search for the Edge of the Solar System" show times: 11:15 a.m. | 12:15 p.m. | 1:30 p.m. 
      • $4 for Discovery Dome by itself
      • $2.50 Discovery Dome add-on to exhibit admission
    To purchase tickets, visit the Putnam ticketing counter the day of the show.

    Thank you!


    The Discover Dome is generously sponsored by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union.

  • Ancestry World Map Project

    Date: March 29, 2019 - March 30, 2019

    Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


    YOUR family’s heritage helps tell OUR community’s story with the Ancestry World Map Project at the Putnam!

    how to get involved

    When you bring in the results from your ancestry kit or the results of your own genealogical research on March 29 & 30, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you’ll contribute to a community-sourced installation on display in the Putnam’s Grand Lobby AND get a buy-one-get-one free pass to the new exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?

    • BONUS: When you purchase museum admission or share your ancestry on March 29 & 30, you'll be eligible to enter to win one of two AncestryDNA kits!

    The installation, dubbed We Are The World: Connected Quad Cities, celebrates and helps visitors visualize our area's diversity! Once completed, portions of this project will be maintained in the Putnam's permanent archive! *


    There is no cost to participate in this event, and visitors may submit their ancestry at any time, now through Memorial Day, between 1 and 3 p.m. or via email to museum@putnam.org. BOGO passes are only available to those who attend this open-house on March 29 and 30.

    * Your personal ancestry results will go home with you. The Putnam will not keep your results; they are only to be used to create the line on the map that represents your ancestry.

    thanks to our sponsor

    The Putnam's Ancestry World Map project is generously sponsored by:

  • Learning Lounge: More Than Massages - Moving Past Skin-Deep Self Care

    Date: April 04, 2019

    Time: 6:30 - 8 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum and Science Center

    Life can be hectic. Slow down and let loose with friends during the next Learning Lounge on Thursday, April 4 — where you'll discover wellness practices that are more than skin deep!

    With More Than Massages: Moving Past Skin-Deep Self Care, you'll join Sarah Stevens, founder of the Beautifull Project, as she unpacks an approach to self care that moves us beyond basic comforts and toward a radical invitation to loving ourselves without limits.
    The Putnam’s adult learning workshop is a great opportunity to enjoy wellness tips and tricks, enjoy refreshments with fresh and make new friends in a laidback atmosphere. For just $30, your reservation includes appetizers and a complimentary cocktail. 

    SPACE IS LIMITED, and preregistration is required by April 3 at 5 p.m. Get your tickets here!

    For more information, call Relationship Advancement Director Michele Darland at 563-336-7295.

    NOTE: You must be 21 or older to enjoy the Learning Lounge.


    There's more Learning Lounge fun to come! Registration is open for the following class!

    • No Worries (May 2): 
    The fourth and final in this series, No Worries, will be hosted by Pamela Crouch, executive director of Living Proof Exhibits. Using art as a way to de-stress, we can focus on creativity and shed the day’s worries. Guests will create Notes of Hope — stamping and coloring cards and writing messages to cancer patients. | Buy tickets


    The Spring 2019 semester of the Putnam's Learning Lounge is generously sponsored by Nelson Chiropractic.


  • PawParazzi!

    Date: March 23, 2019

    Time: 1 to 4 p.m.


    Is your pup ready for their close-up? You and your “best friend” can bring your unique style to the red carpet and compete for top-dog status as Mr. or Miss Canine QC at PawParazzi!

    Join fellow dog-lovers on Saturday, March 23, and celebrate canine companionship as you walk the red carpet with your dog, snap a picture in the photo booth, and take home a buy-one-get-one-free coupon to watch the Putnam’s newest GIANT Screen movie, Superpower Dogs 3D — opening March 16!

    For just $20, you can strut as a serious contender or walk just for fun! All contestants will be eligible to win prizes, with the top prizes of FREE one-hour photo sessions with Francescon Portraiture, $100 portrait credits and having your dog's picture featured on the GIANT Screen!

    • IMPORTANT: Safety is important to us. All dogs are required to be on leashes or in crates while on the Putnam premises. RABIES TAGS & DOCUMENTATION ARE REQUIRED AT THE EVENT.

    Register now for your desired timeslot!
         • 1-2 p.m. | Register
         • 2-3 p.m. | Register
         • 3-4 p.m. | Register

    Dog owners can perform as they wait for their moment in the spotlight on the Dog Trick stage, and can emblazon their love for their four-legged friends on the Paws of Fame, on display at the ticket counter!

    Spectators are FREE, and may purchase tickets to Superpower Dogs 3D, playing at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. — $9 for adults / $8 youth, senior, military and college student. (Members save $1 on movie showings.) For more upcoming show times, click here.

    NOTE: Dogs are allowed only in the Putnam's Grand Lobby, and will not be permitted in the museum or theater.

    Walk-up entries are permitted during the day of the event, but advanced registration is encouraged. 

    important note on safety

    Safety for our furry guests and their owners is important to us. All dogs will be required to be on leashes or in crates while they are on the Putnam premises, and all owners provide up-to-date shots records for their dog before entering the Putnam. Owners and spectators should use discretion before making the decision to attend PawParazzi, as other dogs and their owners expect to have a good time as well without fear of incident. All owners and spectators are required to sign a waiver and general release of claims to participate or attend PawParazzi.
    In the event of an aggressive or unruly dog or an owner who refuses to follow the event rules, Putnam staff and volunteers will immediately require the owner and dog to leave the property.

    vote for your favorite!

    Vote online starting March 26 to determine the two winners of a FREE one-hour photo session with Francescon Portraiture and a $100 portrait credit. Winners will be announced after voting closes on April 6, and will also have their photo displayed in the GIANT Screen Theater during every screening of Super Power Dogs!

    • Contestants are also eligible to enter a fabulous dog prize basket raffle, and may download their photos from the shoot on the Francescon Portraiture Facebook page.

  • Words and Motion

    Date: March 28, 2019

    Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.


    Think and see differently after taking in powerful spoken word performances and vibrant and upbeat dances from local talent with Words and Motion, Thursday night, March 28, at the Putnam.

    Featuring deeply personal performances by spoken-word artist Aubrey Barnes and performers with Dat Poetry Lounge, you'll discover some of the area's most compelling story-tellers as they share their insight on RACE, its impact on them and the world around us.

    Throughout the evening, you'll also take in performances that will make you want to move, by dance groups representing our unique community — including Creative Arts Academy Dancers and Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico.
    For just $5, you'll show your support for local arts. A cash bar will be available. And proceeds go to the Putnam — with the honest, new exhibit RACE: Are We So Different? open for a limited time. Learn more


         • Amari Walker - YouthHope Apprentice of their M.A.D. Skills outreach program & TEDx alum.
         • Aubrey Barnes - Spoken word artist/creative arts instructor from Rock Island.
         • Creative Arts Academy Dancers - Dedicated and talented performers from Davenport's Dance Academy.
         • Dat Poetry Lounge - Augustana College-born group on a mission to lift up our communities with the power of art and words.
         • Friends of India Quad Cities / D4Dance Academy - Choreographed Bollywood-style dance, based in Bettendorf.
         • Quad Cities Ballet Folklorico - Non-profit organization that teaches the Mexican culture through dance.
         • Refl3x - Hip Hop Dance Movement from the Midwest.
         • Sankofa Performing Arts Ensemble - Group exploring the Performing Arts of the African American Diaspora, featuring spoken word and song performances.
         • And MORE TBA.

  • Explorers/Explorers Jr.: Rock, Paper ... Fossils?

    Date: April 06, 2019

    Time: 9 - 11 a.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum and Science Center

    Does your child have an interest in dinosaurs and paleontology? Let them channel that curiosity through a variety of activities focused on dinosaurs during the Explorers/Explorers Jr.: "Rock, Paper, Fossils?"

    Parents can rest assured during Putnam Explorers (Grades 2-5) & Explorers Jr. (Pre-K* – 1st grade) workshops that their children are given the tools to examine, investigate, create and invent while exploring the museum and participating in fun, hands-on activities guided by Putnam educators.

    For individual classes, please fill out an Explorers Form or Explorers Jr Form and return along with payment at our Ticketing counter. To register via phone, please call 563-324-1933.

    Costs are $14 per program, $11 for Putnam members.

    Pre-registration is required for all programs as there are a limited number of reservations available. Scholarship resources may also be available. Questions? Contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at 563-336-7308 or email bboyd-carlson@putnam.org.

    Drop off begins at 8:45 a.m. for this fun and engaging workshop.

    *Students must be 4 years old.

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