• Story Time in the GIANT Screen Theater

    Date: April 28, 2018

    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center

    You won't be able to look away from this eye-catching story — "The Rainbow Fish" — Saturday, April 28, at the Putnam!

    This GIANT book tells the story of a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possesions.

    You and your child won't forget this FREE Story Time as you follow with the Rainbow fish in his friends, written and flawlessly illustrated by Marcus Pfister. 

    Story Time is FREE, but we ask that you arrive with plenty of time to sign in and find a seat. This event is recommended for children ages 3-6. Parents must attend with their child.
    Questions? Contact Patty Schuch at 563-336-7285 or pschuch@putnam.org for more information.

  • "Oceans 3D" Curator Talk: Gifts from the Seas

    Date: April 29, 2018

    Time: Curator Talk 1 p.m. | Show 1:45


    Did you know that YOU — a member of one of the more recent additions to the animal kingdom — may owe your life to a horseshoe crab — one of the oldest?

    Today, humans are looking to the seas as a source of inspiration for medical breakthroughs to feats of engineering — and much, much MORE!

    DIVE DEEPER into the world's largest habitat with an EXCLUSIVE curator talk on Sunday, April 29, led by Putnam Curator of Natural Science Christine Chandler, M.S.

    Get a rare HANDS-ON look at some of the Putnam's ocean artifacts during this pre-show event, FREE when you purchase tickets to the 1:45 p.m. showing of the new Oceans 3D movie in the GIANT Screen Theater. 

    Travel from the ancient Mediterranean to the modern Atlantic coast and BEYOND to explore some of these new (and not-so-new) discoveries from the seas.

    "Gifts from the Seas" begins at 1 p.m.; the featured film starts at 1:45 p.m. .

    Tickets are $8.50 for adults, $7 for youth and $7.50 for seniors, military and college students. Putnam members take $1 off regular ticket prices.

    discover the brilliance of 'oceans'

    Learn more about the NEWEST documentary by BBC Earth and OceanX Media, Oceans 3D. For more Oceans 3D show times, click here.

  • New York Film Critics Series presents "The House of Tomorrow"

    Date: April 24, 2018

    Time: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. | Show starts at 7:30


    Searching for the next BIG THING in independent cinema? You’ll find it’s surprisingly exclusive — exclusively Putnam.
    The New York Film Critics Series is YOUR link to the biggest new indie films and candid broadcast interviews with major stars and up-and-coming filmmakers — and starting April 24, the Putnam is the only place to get it!
    Don’t miss the excitement broadcast from NYC to the Giant Screen in outstanding HD, featuring film critic Peter Travers of the Rolling Stone, and experience exclusive pre-release films followed by discussions with the talent.

    great drinks, great view

    Once you’ve gotten the latest scoop on underground cinema straight from the source, you won’t pass up the chance to enjoy drinks and conversation on the Putnam’s panoramic balcony and take in the community's best view of the Mississippi River Valley.

    For just $10, you’ll be the first to see the captivating drama “The House of Tomorrow,” which unites the world of geodesic domes with punk rock and Nick Offerman, before it opens nationwide.

    Doors open at 6:30 p.m. “The House of Tomorrow” kicks off with a short pre-recorded pre-show at 7:30 p.m., and must-see broadcast interviews with director Peter Livolsi and stars Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff and Ellen Burstyn follow the film.

    NOTE: "The House of Tomorrow" is not rated.

  • Family Fun Night: Into the Wild

    Date: April 20, 2018

    Time: 5-8:30 p.m.

    Location: Putnam Museum & Science Center

    Discover the importance of the outdoors and the different species that call it home in the FINAL FREE Family Fun Night of the school year on April 20 at 5p.m.

    Bring your family to learn about animal habitats, what animals eat in the wild and what they do to survive. In addition, you will learn about safety protocols, what to do if you are stranded, what plants you can eat and how to track.

    At 6:30 p.m., explore the vast terrains of Africa in “Wild Africa 3D” on the GIANT Screen. Adult movie tickets are $8.50, and youth tickets (3-18) are $7. Members save $1 on movie tickets!

    Other activities during Family Fun Night: Into the Wild include:
              ~Plant information tables on poisonous vs. non-poisonous plants
              ~Demonstrations from Boy Scout Troops on knots, animal tracking prints, safe hiking tips, backpacking and camping
              ~Visit from QC Botanical Center on plants from the forest, wild flowers, edible plants and more!
              ~Talking skulls program- partake in the mystery skull challenge
              ~And MUCH more!

    For questions, please contact Brittany Glass at bglass@putnam.org
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