An inspiring, hands-on experience for everyone! Interacting with a bilingual robot, launching rockets and discovering the power of 230,000 volts probably isn’t your typical day.
The Putnam Science Center is part of the Museum’s focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, and supports national and statewide efforts to increase STEM skills. Using existing museum space, the center spans more than 10,000 square feet and features more than 45 hands-on stations. The "Innovation" section showcases aerospace, robotics, architecture and structure, engineering and design, and film and music areas that encourage visitors to create, imagine and innovate. The "How Things Work" section immerses visitors in concepts such as energy and simple machines, electricity and magnets, and light and sound. And many of the stations are huge, like our 25 by 13-foot-tall tug-of-war lever!
Visitors of all ages will not only learn concepts and make connections to STEM careers but will have fun together doing it!
Come check out the NEW feature WATER: Molecules in Motion!
STEM INITIATIVE CONTRIBUTORS
The Bechtel Trusts
John Deere Foundation
Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa Davenport Works
Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
City of Davenport
Modern Woodmen of America
Cobham Life Support
Easter Family Fund
Mr. Reuben Margolin
Riverboat Development Authority
Scott County Regional Authority
Achieve Quad Cities
Genesis Systems Group
John H. Harris III Memorial Foundation
Mr. Frank & Mrs. Ann McCarthy
McLaughlin Body Company
Mr. Steve & Mrs. Jane Bahls
Mr. Mark & Mrs. Rita Bawden
Duncan & Dianne Cameron Family Foundation
Doris & Victor Day Foundation
Royal Neighbors of America
Mr. Myron & Mrs. Carolyn Scheibe
Tennant Truck Lines, Inc.
Mr. Dana & Mrs. Faye Waterman
Dr. Ralph H. and Mrs. Marcia A.
Iowa Space Grant Consortium
Mid States Transmission Parts
Isle of Capri
Miracle Tools America LLC
Anne McCoy Nagan Fund
Mr. Chris & Mrs. Mary Rayburn
Dr. Paul & Mrs. Karen Rohlf
Mr. Mike & Mrs. Sara Thoms
Mr. Frank & Mrs. Teresa Clark
Mr. Ken Croken & Ms. Kathryn
Mr. Travis & Mrs. Amanda Crowell
Ms. Kim Findlay & Mr. Rick Brackey
Iowa/Illinois Chapter NDIA
Mr. Stephen & Mrs. Melinda Kruse
Mr. Leo Schubert & Ms. Susan Sharar
Mrs. Katherine Sigardson-Poor & Dr. Curtis Poor
Silver Oaks Communications
Mr. David & Mrs. Barbara Sloane
Staak Family Fund
Mr. David & Mrs. Ewelina Bergert
Mr. Ryan & Mrs. Allison Castle
Ms. Christine Chandler
Ms. Linda Cook
Ms. Drue Curry
Mr. Mark & Mrs. Mary Davidsaver
Ms. Christy A. Doornink
Mr. Jeff & Mrs. Lori Doroba
Mr. Ted & Mrs. Lisa Ewing
Mr. Keith & Mrs. Marie Gellerstedt
Mr. Luke Fernandez
Shaun & Victoria Graves
Mr. Matt & Mrs. Christine Hayes
Ms. Christina Kastell
Mr. Brad & Mrs. Lindsey Kennedy
Ms. Alice H. Loff
Ms. Kelly MacIntyre
Mr. Steve & Mrs. Patricia Mapley
Ms. Janet Masamoto
Mrs. Barbara Matt
Ms. Susan Matt
Mr. Tim & Mrs. Lynn Murphy
Ms. Nichole Myles
Mr. David & Mrs. Martha Neal
Claudia & Randall Neumann
Diane & Michael Puthoff
Ms. Susan S. Skora
Ms. Meia S. Teague
Ms. Betsy Matt Turner
Mr. Rian Waterman
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR INDIVIDUAL STEM LEARNING CENTER CAMPAIGN (RAZOO):
Barbara H Lowe, Wendy Schuldt, Douglas L Rick, Allison Castle, David Bergert, Lindsey M Kennedy, Nixalite of America, Luke Fernandez, Susan Matt, Mark A Davidsaver, Drue K. Curry, Nichole Myles, Barbara Matt, Christy A Doornink, Alice Loff, Patricia Mapley, Stephen Mapley, Matt Hayes, Timothy J Murphy, Susan S. Skora, Christine L Chandler, Theodore B. Ewing, Christina Kastell, Meia S. Teague, Linda Cook, Kelly MacIntyre, Elizabeth Matt Turner, Rian D. Waterman, Jonah Cohen, and anonymous
Black Earth | Big River
Cross over the bridge and let the River guide you through the natural habitats of the Quad Cities area. Explore wetlands, woodlands, prairies and even your own backyard as you wander through the Putnam’s interactive exhibit. See the creatures large and small that roam our area today. Explore a huge oak tree – from the inside out! Listen to the sounds of the marsh and the stories of the people who live on the River. Come face-to-face with LIVE Mississippi River fish and reptiles in our 718-gallon aquarium!
You'll do this and more when you see the area's natural habitats as you've never seen them before in Black Earth | Big River
Hall of Mammals
Explore the world of mammals at the Putnam! From the familiar cottontail rabbit in your backyard to the polar bears of the Arctic Circle, mammals – large and small – are everywhere! Travel from an artic glacier to an African waterhole, and check out who's come for a drink. Not only will you see these animals in their natural habitats, you’ll hear them too!
Where else can you travel from your backyard to the dusty plains of Africa and the ice-covered waters of the Arctic in just a few steps?
Designed especially for kids and families, the Ocean Experience features different underwater habitats – from kelp forests and coral reefs to tidal pools and deep seas!
Climb an angry squid, explore ocean treasures at the microscope station, observe a real coral reef or try your hand at operating an underwater robotic arm. Immersive and interactive, Ocean Experience
is all about hands-on learning for our youngest visitors!
The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition
Invading the Putnam March 11
Experience the lives of the Fab Four through the eyes of John, Paul, George and Ringo with the The Magical History Tour: a Beatles Exhibition.
Four unique galleries:
Beginnings, Influence and Life in Liverpool:
The story begins by immersing you in the atmosphere of late 50s/early 60s Liverpool. These artifacts are incredibly rare, as they come from a part of the band’s history before it was illuminated by the international spotlight.
Life on the Road:
Next, you are swept up in the hysteria as the Beatles take America by storm. See and hear what it was like to experience one of their concerts from their perspective, and immerse yourself in the amazing volume of Beatles merchandise produced, from replica instruments to clothing, costumes, board games and trading cards. Become your favorite Beatle as you interact with the fashion that set the lads from Liverpool apart.
Innovation in the Studio:
You’ve already heard the music. Now is your chance to discover how the Beatles’ music was created -by mixing it yourself! Explore the cutting-edge techniques used in the studio to craft some of the most enduring music in history. This gallery places you right in the studio, up close and personal with the tools.
The Decade of the Break-up:
The dissolution of the greatest rock band of all time leaves us all a bit sad, however it was not just an end, but also a beginning. This gallery is an exploration of the lives and careers of the individual members post-Beatles. It presents an astounding collection of artifacts from this period, including the last autograph John Lennon would ever sign.
The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Memorabilia Exhibition is not endorsed by, sponsored by, associated with, or otherwise affiliated with The Beatles, Apple Corps Ltd., or any member of The Beatles or their representatives.
River, Prairie & People
River, Prairie and People
takes visitors back in time as they discover what the Quad Cities was like for its earliest inhabitants, and how the Mississippi River helped form the community.
Experience how the Quad Cities took shape through milestones such as the founding of Davenport by Antoine LeClaire, and how the Civil War brought about the Rock Island Arsenal.
See many Quad-City artifacts including the famous Davenport Tablets, learn how John Deere got his start and get up close to Bix Beiderbecke’s cornet as you stroll through this exhibit of Quad-City history.
Unearthing Ancient Egypt
Step into an ancient Egyptian tomb, discover how ancient Egyptians lived and what they required for a pleasant afterlife. Through a collection of breathtaking authentic Egyptian treasures and the magic of CT (Computed Tomography) imagery, explore two mummies − inside and out! Find out how forensic anthropologists reconstruct facial features and take in our amazing collection of authentic Egyptian treasures!
This iconic gallery is not to be missed!
* This exhibit is now included with The Discovery of King Tut exhibit, and can only be viewed with the purchase of a Discovery of King Tut ticket. For more information on this exhibit please visit tutnam.org
(pronounced Oo-way Wah roomey – the Trading Place − while enjoyable for all visitors, was especially designed for children ages 4-10 years old. The room’s size, labels and activities were created with children and their caregivers in mind.
We believe that children are competent, imaginative and inquisitive, and that the learning that occurs in the museum has a positive, lasting and important effect on their cognitive and social development.
Within the fun of Uwe’ Warumi lies important skills and learning opportunities for young children. Explore Social Studies information through a child’s eye look at EuroAmerican and Native American cultures. Use mathematics to trade the correct furs at the post trade store. Practice large (gross) motor skills on the Native American dance mat or enhance fine motor skills with a game of pick-up sticks. Use the sight word labels to encourage independent reading and engage in pretend play to foster social development.
Reading, trading and dancing are just some of the activities adults and children can explore together. Encourage your child to explore in his or her own way and follow their lead. The Uwe’ Warumi space is an area where children are encouraged to be the leaders of their own discovery.