Health and Safety Update

Per Scott County Health Department guidance, we have updated our policies as of July 1st, 2021.

Open through August 15!

From ancient times to today, children have played with toys! Explore the role of toys and play in society through this Putnam-original exhibit!

Now Playing!

Kayak the wilds of Alaska, climb a 400-foot Utah cliff and dive into the deepest lake on the only screen big enough to show it.

New Exhibit Now Open!

Discover the meanings of colors to people of different cultures!

Faces of the Past

Explore portraiture from around the world and across time in this new exhibit!

You belong here! ¡tu perteneces aquĆ­!

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 complement 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, August 6! LEARN MORE
  • Birds and You

    Fly in to see this Putnam-exclusive exhibit! LEARN MORE
  • Now Hiring!

    Interested in working at the Putnam? View our employment opportunities here!  LEARN MORE
  • Join us for an electrifying night!

    Tickets to the Mad Scientist Ball are on sale now! 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
  • The Putnam is part of Museums for All!

    The Putnam is a member of Museums for All, a nation-wide signature program of the Institute of Museum and... LEARN MORE
  • Be a part of our Contemporary History project!

    We are living history right now! Help us document it. ... LEARN MORE
  • Discover something new!

    Explore the science behind sound, light, design and more with hands-on interactives in the Science Center! LEARN MORE
  • Learning starts at home!

    Discover fun science experiments and activities from our Education Department to make learning fun! LEARN MORE
  • Become a Putnam Member!

    Become a member and you can experience all that the Putnam has to offer while having access to special perks. LEARN MORE
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