Health & Safety

Monday, July 6 (revised 7/27/20)
The Putnam is excited to open its doors again to members on Wednesday, July 8 and to the public on Wednesday, July 15! We have implemented the following guidelines to help ensure the health, safety and enjoyment of our staff and visitors.

Before You Visit

  • The Museum will be open Wednesday through Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm. The Theater is currently closed.
  • Up to 50 guests will be permitted in the Museum at any given time to allow for social distancing.
  • Advanced ticketing is highly encouraged. Admission will be based on timed entry. Purchase tickets here. For groups of over 15 people, contact Bridget to arrange a group visit.
  • If you don’t purchase an advanced ticket and the Museum is at capacity, you will be asked to wait outside in your vehicle. Call 563-324-1933 prior to your visit to see if spaces are available.
  • The safety of our visitors and employees is our top priority.  Visitors and employees are required to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth. Complimentary disposable masks are available at the ticketing counter. 
  • When planning your visit, note that the Science Center and other interactives are closed at this time. Exhibits will be cleaned on a rotating basis during the day. A closure for cleaning schedule will be available at the ticketing desk.

During Your Visit

  • Please enter through the V. O. Figge Natural Science Entrance which is located directly off our parking lot.
  • Please practice social distancing while awaiting admission.
  • Please note the Giant Screen Theater, Science Center, and other interactives are closed at this time.
  • No food or drink is allowed inside the Museum.
  • Credit or debit cards are preferred.
  • Family units are encouraged to stay together.
  • The Putnam encourages social distancing as best you can and use the posted exhibit capacities as a guide. If the area you are in gets too crowded, you may choose to move to another area that is not so crowded.
  • Staff will be cleaning exhibit galleries periodically throughout the day. Areas will be closed for short periods of time to clean surfaces. 
  • Please wash your hands frequently, use hand sanitizer, and please stay home if you feel sick or have any symptoms such as fever, cough, & shortness of breath.

The Putnam has taken enhanced health and safety measures for you, our other guests, and our employees. Please follow all posted instructions while visiting the Museum. COVID-19 is a contagious disease with potentially severe consequences. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By visiting the Putnam Museum and Science Center you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

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