Friday, May 29
Reopening the Putnam Museum and Science Center
Last week we gave you an update about the State of Iowa lifting restrictions on museums and the great work underway at the Putnam to update our facilities. We wanted to share a little more detail on what these changes will mean for our visitors and community of supporters and the timeline for reopening.
 
With so much uncertainty during this time, we have spent the last two months focused on what we can control. We have shifted our educational content online, rallied for new state and federal resources for our community, and reached out to keep our stakeholders informed and engaged. We have also reflected on the planning already underway at the Putnam on an exciting facility and exhibit update and wondered if, when, and what portions of our plans could still proceed. The challenges of COVID 19 and the resulting museum closure are allowing us to rethink this planning and to reinvest in the visitor experience at the Putnam Museum and Science Center.

In addition to the facility update, we have been reflecting on federal guidelines and best practices from local health officials to design a phased approach to reopening while following recommended safety protocols. We've outlined these stages below and what some of the requirements will be for admission to the Putnam once these dates arrive.

The Putnam’s Reopening Plans

Summer Camps
The first day of Summer Camp will be July 6th. For the safety of our campers and to allow a phasing in of our visitor protocols, the museum will be open ONLY to Summer Camps July 6-8. You can view our summer camp lineup here. We have reduced the size of our classes to allow for more social distancing. We ask that you read our Information Sheet before registering for summer camps. If you have any questions about camps please call our visitor services team at (563) 324-1933. 
 
Member Preview
Prior to opening to the general public, we are providing a sneak peek of some of our facility updates for Putnam Museum MEMBERS July 8-12th. All current Putnam Museum memberships will be automatically extended by the length of time we were closed (mid-March through mid-July). Your Putnam Member card will keep its existing expiration date but will be effective through the extension date. If you have any questions, please contact our visitor services team at (563) 324-1933.
 
General Public Admission
The Putnam Museum will be open to the general public starting July 15th with the potential for revised business days and hours to be announced. The Putnam Museum has taken enhanced health and safety measures for visitors and our employees. We anticipate that through the summer months we’ll have more structure in place for your visit including:
 
  • Limitations on the number of visitors at a time who will be permitted in the Museum. There will also be caps in the exhibit halls, as well traffic pattern guidance throughout the museum to allow proper social distancing. 
     
  • Our plans for a more intimate visitor entry includes a new ticketing and timed entry that will require visitors to reserve a specific day and time of their visit to assure we are meeting limits on admissions. Your visit may be capped in its length depending on other reservations for the day. 
     
  • ​​​​​​​Initially upon reopening advanced reservations will be required with no walk-ups allowed for regular admission. 
     
  • There will be sanitizing stations throughout the museum, and Museum staff will be cleaning parts of the gallery throughout the day. Some areas may be closed for short periods of time to change out props and clean surfaces, with a schedule provided upon your arrival to allow you to plan your visit. 
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  • Guests are asked to wash their hands frequently, to use the provided hand sanitizer, and, most importantly, to please stay home if they feel sick or have any symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
We are thrilled to be able to welcome you all back to the Putnam later this summer, and we appreciate your patience as we determined the safest way to do this. The Putnam will look and feel different when we reopen, with protocols in place to ensure your safe return and an enjoyable experience for all guests. Please check back with us and visit our website to learn about any updates and how to book your visit. I can’t wait to see you back through our doors and to get your feedback on our facility updates. Thank you for your interest and support!

Friday, May 22
This week’s announcement from Governor Kim Reynolds lifting restrictions on museums is an important sign of progress in Iowa. As communities across the nation consider critical decisions around reopening, the Putnam is reflecting on changes in our procedures and layout to meet immediate safety needs. We are also taking this time, however, for some important exhibit and facility updates. During the transition the museum will remain closed into June with an opening date yet to be determined.
 
Like many of you we have reflected over the past months on what is really important to us. We have taken stock of the impact and history of the Putnam in the community and how to make the visitor experience even richer. The new Putnam will offer a more accessible and welcoming entry, with plans to improve wayfinding through the facility and to create a more seamless visitor experience exploring culture, local history and ecology, and, of course, the sciences. We ask for your patience as we update the facility to meet the needs of the moment and to reimagine the future of the Putnam. We will have more information in week regarding our opening. 

Friday, April 17
THE PUTNAM HAS EXTENDED CLOSURE and events THROUGH June 5. 

For more information, call us during normal museum hours, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m., at 563-324-1933.

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Please stay tuned to this website for updates to museum offerings and hours of service. In the meantime, visitors and community partners are strongly encouraged to review the CDC best practices to help keep the Quad Cities safe. Learn more at CDC.gov.

 

Monday, March 16

PUTNAM TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE MUSEUM, POSTPONE EVENTS IN PROACTIVE HEALTH AND SAFETY MEASURE STARTING TUESDAY


The Putnam is taking proactive measures to help keep visitors and neighbors in the Quad-Cities area healthy and safe. The museum will temporarily close on Tuesday, March 17, through March 31 in response to national guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), as well as local and state reports.
 
“As a museum of history and science, we are following the lead of experts in health science nationally, and we are doing our part to help stop the spread of illness,” President/CEO Rachael Mullins said.

“With visitor and staff wellness a top priority, and after taking all other necessary precautions, we decided a temporary closure was the smartest thing we could do at this time. We will follow recommendations from public health professionals to determine timelines on our reopening.”
 
Also, all events scheduled through May 9 at the Putnam have been either postponed or canceled.
 
For more information, call us during normal museum hours, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m., at 563-324-1933.

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Please stay tuned to this website for updates to museum offerings and hours of service. In the meantime, visitors and community partners are strongly encouraged to review the CDC best practices to help keep the Quad Cities safe. Learn more at CDC.gov.

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