Arsenal of Innovation

Experience the impressive manufacturing and weaponry innovations made in our own backyard at the Rock Island Arsenal!

D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D

June 6, 1944. A historic landing changed the world.

Experience 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.
  • Arsenal of Innovation

    Experience the impressive manufacturing and weaponry innovations! LEARN MORE
  • D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D

    June 6, 1944. A historic landing changed the world. LEARN MORE
  • US Vietnam War Commemoration

    The goal of the History and Legacy of our Vietnam War veterans and the history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. LEARN MORE
  • Explorers and Explorers Jr.

    Kids can examine, investigate, create and invent in our weekend workshops! LEARN MORE
  • World Adventure Series

    Visit far, far away lands from the comfort of our National Georgaphic GIANT screen theater! LEARN MORE
  • Science Center

    Discover all there is to see and do! Experience hands-on fun for everyone in our hands-on Science Center. LEARN MORE
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