Our Collection

Historic image of Putnam board members, posing with a lion, in the museum from the early 1970s.

EXHIBIT HOURS
Mon – Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

MUSEUM STORE HOURS
Mon – Sat: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: Noon – 5 p.m.

Preserving the Quad City Story

In support of its mission, the Putnam cares for more than 250,000 objects, specimens and archival materials which tell the story of the Quad Cities natural and human history. The collection is organized into the following broad categories:

  • Natural Science: geology, paleontology, and biology
  • Regional History: social, political, cultural and economic history
  • Anthropology: archaeology and ethnography
  • Archives: regional archival and photographic materials and institutional archives. 
  • View Photos from the Collection

As the primary steward of our region’s treasures, the Putnam collects, researches, exhibits and preserves materials from the Quad Cities region and around the world. The museum maintains diverse permanent collections in History, Anthropology (Archaeology and Ethnology) and the Natural Sciences (Biology, Geology and Paleontology). A substantial Regional Archive of materials documenting local individuals, families, organizations and businesses is also maintained. These collections are an exceptional asset for research, education and exhibition. They are unique among those of the Quad Cities in their capacity to contribute to our visitors’ discovery and exploration of cultures and environments throughout time and across the globe.

We are currently working towards making our collections available online. 

Investigate Some of the Museum’s Collections:

All requests for research privileges and appointments must be made in advance. 

Research and information requests about the collections may be directed to the following staff members.

FOR NATURAL SCIENCE MATERIAL (PLANTS, ANIMALS, ROCKS AND FOSSILS):

Christine Chandler 
Curator of Natural Science
Email: CChandler@putnam.org
563-324-1054 ext. 226
563-336-7287 (direct line)

FOR ARCHAEOLOGY, ETHNOLOGY OR REGIONAL HISTORY ARTIFACTS:

Christina Kastell 
Curator of History and Anthropology
Email: CKastell@putnam.org
563-324-1054 ext. 227
563-336-7293 (direct line)

FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC OR ARCHIVAL MATERIALS:

Christina Kastell or Christine Chandler

Please Note: The Museum & Science Center will be closed for maintenance, cleaning, and updates January 8 -12.

We will resume normal hours on Saturday (1/13). Thank you for your patience, understanding and continued support!

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