We’ve Been Going Strong For Over 150 Years!
More than 150 years after its founding, the Putnam continues to thrive. The Putnam Museum and Science Center offers unique, immersive, hands-on learning experiences to over 140,000 people each year, including more than 30,000 school/youth group visitors. We exist to preserve our region’s treasures, educate people of all ages in unique and lasting ways, and connect people to each other as they experience science, history, cultures, and environments throughout time and across the globe. The Putnam brings to life a sense of place, time and purpose to ignite human potential and inspire our diverse community to learn about and care for our world and all its people. You belong here!
We Value Our Partners!
The Putnam has developed valuable partnerships to help us achieve these ends. Named a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2010, we have access to long-term loans, educational programs, and professional development opportunities from this preeminent institution. The Putnam is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, earning 100% on all core standards during the museum’s most recent site visit!
In 2013, we partnered with NASA to bring a live call with astronauts aboard the International Space Station to 250 students in our GIANT Screen Theater. Most recently, the Putnam Museum and Science Center was named the lead entity for the State of Iowa for the National Girls Collaborative Project, a National Science Foundation-funded initiative that encourages girls to pursue advanced STEM coursework and careers. These national connections, coupled with a range of local partnerships, help maximize our ability to serve our region.
Over the years, the Putnam has brought world-renowned blockbuster exhibits such as Diana: A Celebration and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition to the Quad Cities. We co-curate exhibits with members of different cultures present in the Quad Cities and celebrate our region’s growing international community while working to foster understanding of cultures across the globe and throughout time.
The Putnam continues to evolve to ensure that we are maximally relevant to the community we serve and that we optimally meet the needs of our region.