• Iowa History 101 Mobile Museum

    On exhibit May 31 – June 6; FREE to the public

    Iowans share a fascination with being Iowan. But what does it really mean to be Iowan? Iowa History 101 explores the history of Iowans at home, work and play –and how that shapes who we are today. Like a visit to your grandparents’ attic, this traveling exhibit unpacks the stories of Iowa’s past with dozens of artifacts from the State Historical Museum of Iowa’s collection.

    Highlights from the exhibit include:
    ·         Examine one farm family’s first radio and imagine how electricity changed life for rural Iowans
    ·         Inspect the hand-drawn eagle on the first state flag
    ·         Admire sprinter Natasha Kaiser-Brown’s Olympic warm-up jacket as well as her silver medal from the 1992 Olympics
    ·         See the pen Governor William Harding used to sign the 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote
    ·         And so much more!!

    While the traveling Winnebago is at the Putnam, food trucks will also be on site for you to enjoy!
    AND while you’re visiting the Iowa History Museum, be sure to check out The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition before it closes on June 4! Filled with rare, original artifacts from the bands’ career as well as interactives such as a recording booth, this exhibit is one-of-a-kind fun for the whole family!

    Find out more here: http://www.putnam.org/Exhibits/Featured/The-Magical-History-Tour;-A-Beatles-Exhibition

  • 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!

  • Uwé Warúmi

    Uwe’ Warumi (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.


  • Science Center

    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!


    The Bechtel Trusts
    John Deere Foundation
    Vision Iowa
    Alcoa Foundation and Alcoa Davenport Works
    Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust
    City of Davenport
    Hubbell-Waterman Foundation
    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
    Scott County
    Mr. Steve & Mrs. Jane Bahls
    Mr. Mark & Mrs. Rita Bawden
    Duncan & Dianne Cameron Family Foundation
    Doris & Victor Day Foundation
    Moline Foundation
    Royal Neighbors of America
    Mr. Myron & Mrs. Carolyn Scheibe
    Shive-Hattery, Inc.
    Tennant Truck Lines, Inc.
    Mr. Dana & Mrs. Faye Waterman
    Dr. Ralph H. and Mrs. Marcia A.
    Iowa Space Grant Consortium
    Isle of Capri
    Mid States Transmission Parts
    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
    DMW Design
    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
    US Bank
    Anonymous (2)
    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
    Doroba Dental
    Mr. Ted & Mrs. Lisa Ewing
    Mr. Luke Fernandez
    Mr. Keith & Mrs. Marie Gellerstedt
    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


    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?

  • Ocean Experience

    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

    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.

    Don't miss a Hard Day's Night playing on the GIANT Screen throughout the run of the The Magical History Tour! Tickets are just $5 with the purchase of an exhibition ticket. 


    Exhibit closes June 4

    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.



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