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.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 9, 2019) — The Putnam will host "Dogs with Jobs" on Sunday, April 14, from noon to 2PM. The free event will showcase some of the hardest-working hounds in the community.

Professional pups including service and therapy-dogs from the Quad Cities Canine Assistance Network, Quad Cities Dog Obedience Club, and Pawsitive Hearts will show off their incredible skills.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 25, 2019) — The summer slide occurs when children tend to fall behind, or slide down, because they don’t have the opportunities to continue building their skills over the summer months. Nearly two-thirds of the ninth grade achievement gap in reading can be attributed to summer learning-loss.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 22, 2019) — The Putnam invites visitors to think and see differently after stirring spoken-word performances and heartfelt dances from local artists during "Words and Motion" on March 28.

Among the talent performing at this event are spoken-word artist Aubrey Barnes and performers with Dat Poetry Lounge who are set to deliver compelling stories to share their insight on race, specifically its impact on them and the world around us.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 18, 2019) — Is your pup ready for his or her close-up? At PawParazzi at the Putnam Museum and Science Center on March 23, you and your “best friend” can compete for top-dog status as Mister or Miss Canine QC.

The contest is only $20 to enter and free for spectators. All contestants will be eligible to win prizes. The top prize will be a free one-hour photo session with Francescon Portraiture and $100 portrait credits.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (March 18, 2019) — Putnam Explorers and Explorers Jr programs engage kids in interactive learning-experiences based around some of their favorite things — dinosaurs and Star Wars.

Created for students in pre-K through Grade 5, the two-hour long Saturday programs are fun activities packed with learning opportunities. The programs fill up quickly, so pre-registration is required.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (March 11, 2019) — “Superpower Dogs 3D” will run, sit, and roll on the Putnam Museum and Science Center’s GIANT Screen Saturday, March 16. An exclusive members-only preview party will take place on Friday, March 15.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 26, 2019) — The Putnam’s next season of its adult learning series, The Learning Lounge, is all about sharpening your mind through self-care.

The once-a-month program for lifelong learners 21 and older kicks off its season Thursday, March 14, 6:30-8PM, with "Your Body v Technology", led by Dr Traci Nelson-Johnson of Nelson Chiropractic.

As the new year approaches, registration has opened for the Putnam’s Explorers, a monthly youth enrichment series, which will cover science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) themes, as well as paleontology and anthropology.

The spring semester of the Explorers/Explorers Jr. workshops kick off Jan. 5 with the World Travelers program and continue during the first Saturdays of each month through May 4.