DAVENPORT, IOWA (September 17, 2019) — The Putnam Museum and Science Center will open its doors free of charge to all Museum Day ticketholders on Saturday, September 21, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 15th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (August 30, 2019) — With area students back in the classroom, the Putnam will kick off an all-new lineup of informal learning workshops starting September, with topics ranging from explosive volcanoes to “under-wraps” mummies.

Monthly Explorers and Explorers Jr. youth workshops return Saturday, Sept. 7, with openings for Pre-K through Grade 5, at the Putnam Museum and Science Center. Programs fill up quickly, and pre-registration is required.


DAVENPORT, IOWA (August 26, 2019) — Butterfly-lovers of all ages are invited to the Putnam Museum and Science Center on Saturday, August 31, for the return of its annual event celebrating everything about monarchs.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 29, 2019) — The Putnam’s celebration of creatures of theCretaceous will return Aug. 9-11 with the three-day family event, Dino Days.

Tickets are on sale for Dino Days, which will allow guests to unearth kid-friendly, dino-themed activities at the museum and science center and watch dinosaur-inspired movies on the museum’s GIANT Screen.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 8, 2019) — “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Neil Armstrong uttered those famous words nearly 50 years ago. As the world celebrates the anniversary of the momentous moon landing on July 20, 1969, the Putnam Museum and Science Center is taking a giant leap to celebrate the historic event.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 19, 2019) —

What: Regional and community leaders will make a bipartisan case for the need for accurate and complete figures about our community during the We All Are Connected: Quad Cities Census News Conference. The free, public event will discuss the importance of accurate Census data in determining the allocation of more than $800 billion in federal funding each year.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 18, 2019) — The 2020 Census kicks off in just one year, and local hospitals, nonprofits, and government agencies that bring our federal tax-dollars back to the community are counting on the people of the Quad Cities — literally.


DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 7, 2019) — An Emmy Award-winning television editor and Quad Cities native is bringing his first feature film home with a Q&A and movie screening Thursday evening, June 13, at the Putnam.

Director David Franklin will present his 2016 independent movie debut, As Far As the Eye Can See, which stars Jason London (Dazed and Confused), beginning at 6:30PM.


DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 30, 2019) — The Putnam Museum and Science Center has a new leader. After an extensive search, the Putnam Museum and Science Center board of directors announced that well-known community leader and education-advocate Rachael Mullins Steiner will become president and CEO of the Putnam Museum and Science Center effective July 1. 

DAVENPORT, IOWA (May 10, 2019) — The Putnam is calling members of the community to discuss how “race” is perceived during the free event, Envisioning Race, Thursday, May 16, at 7PM.

The event features a screening of the documentary “What’s Race Got to Do with It?” in the Putnam’s Giant Screen Theater. The film explores issues such as underrepresentation, the limitations of multiculturalism, social equity, affirmative action, and how to make a difference.