Welcome Back!

Reservations encouraged. Face Coverings Required. Read our guidelines for more information. Science Center and Theater temporarily closed.

Join us!

You won't want to miss this!

Explorers workshops return Nov. 7!

Get one workshop FREE when you register for a season pass!

Visit our Suffrage Exhibit!

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

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.

  • 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
  • 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. LEARN MORE
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