Welcome Back!

Reservations encouraged. Face Coverings Required. Read our guidelines for more information. Theater temporarily closed. Science Center Open Sat-Sun!

Explorers workshops return Nov. 7!

Limited spots remaining!

Visit our Suffrage Exhibit!

Learn about local women who pushed for change and got the right to vote! Open through Election Day!

Re-Imagined Science Center Open Weekends!

Now open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 5pm with general admission!

Explore, Learn & Play at Home

Enjoy a collection of fun science experiments and activities YOU can do at home.


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.

  • Enter for a chance to win a FREE FunBundle!

    Take 25% off your family's pass to the Putnam, Niabi Zoo and QC Botanical Center and perks on FunBundle Friday, November 13! LEARN MORE
  • Be a part of our Contemporary History project!

    We are Living History right now! Help us document it. ... LEARN MORE
  • 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. Open through Election Day! LEARN MORE
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