DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 13, 2019) — The Putnam’s next exhibit will shine a spotlight on the basic building blocks of our universe using chemistry’s iconic key, the periodic table of elements, and show visitors the surprising and quirky ways chemical elements shape the world around us.


DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 11, 2019) — A beloved Quad-Cities’ family tradition for more than ten years, the Polar Express Pajama Parties kick off Thursday, December 12, with four action-packed days of holiday fun and the timeless holiday movie at the Putnam Museum and Science Center.

The Putnam has scheduled 10 showings of “The Polar Express 3D” — the visually stunning holiday classic, which will be brought to life on the GIANT Screen, towering six stories tall.


DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 4, 2019) — The Putnam invites friends and neighbors to swill hooch, devour hors d’oeuvres, and Lindy Hop the night away during a ‘20s-themed Putnam Gala, Saturday, November 9, 6-10PM.

Decadence on Division Street: Putnam’s Prohibition Party is a festive fundraiser dedicated to preserving the Quad Cities’ past while funding the future of the Putnam’s education programming and preservation work.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (October 30, 2019) — Back From The Brink: Saved From Extinction 3D, a stunning new Giant Screen film adventure narrated by Claire Danes, captures remarkable comeback stories of endangered species from around the world — which are rebounding thanks to human efforts to save them. The film opens on Saturday in the Putnam’s GIANT Screen Theater.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (September 23, 2019) — Rube Goldberg: The World of Hilarious Invention! Exhibit will open Saturday, September 28, at the Putnam.

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.