Temporarily Closed

Museum reopen date to be determined in April; events have been canceled or postponed.


Enjoy a collection of fun science experiments and activities YOU can do and make learning come alive at home. Learn More


Whether you’re 2 or 92, there’s always something new to discover at the Putnam!

The Putnam is a place where people connect with history and ideas by doing, making and experiencing. Our classes and special events are a great complement to our hands-on exhibit galleries. There is always something new to discover and something for everyone at the Putnam.

  • Discover the weird and wonderful periodic table!

    Find out how elements shape our world with a Putnam original, hands-on exhibit! LEARN MORE
  • Learning starts at home!

    Discover fun science experiments and activities from our Education Department, and make learning fun! LEARN MORE
  • 'Liberated Voices / Changed Lives'

    Discover the Quad Cites’ unique suffrage story, 100 years after the 19th Amendment gave women the vote. LEARN MORE
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