Celebrate QC Museum Week with a special Family Science Night!
Open until 9PM this Friday, June 19th!
This Friday, June 19th experience the Museum and Science Center during an exclusive after hours opportunity all while taking part in the special theme for the evening: Gadgets Galore!
Try your hand at cardboard creations, create your own electrical circuits, see what makes electronics tick and much more!
Visitors will have a special opportunity to see and visit the Putnam's own FabLab and see 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters in action. Also, get an opportunity to see real life gadgets and inventions made in our backyard when they visit the Arsenal of Innovation exhibit-included with admission!
All activities are included with General Admission. Members are FREE!

Experience Quad Cities Museum Week now through June 21!  Twenty museums from across the Quad Cities region will come together for the first ever, Quad Cities Museum Week!  Enjoy this celebration of our region's museums and participate in special activities, exhibits and promotions during this fun-filled week.  To learn more about the special activities and participating museums visit www.qcmuseumweek.com !

Summer Reel Deal Kicks Off this weekend with Jumanji Friday and Saturday at 6:15PM!
After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them.
Get your Reel Deal today and for just $35 for adults and $25 for kids see unlimited films through the end of August, including all Reel Deal and Family Literature Series films!
Putnam Museum | 1717 W 12th St. | Davenport, IA | 563.324.1933Putnam.org

 

Spend your summer at the Putnam with Reel Deal and Family Literature Series movies!

Save BIG on summer movies at the Putnam
with a Reel Deal card!
Just $35 for adults and $25 for youth ages 3-12 gets you access to all 14 movies below and unlimited documentaries June 1st through August 31st, 2015!
Your Reel Deal card is also your ticket for the movies in our NEW Family Literature Series! Reel Deal passes are available for purchase at our ticketing windows OR NEW this year-purchase your Reel Deal cards online. Reel Deal cards can also be used for the Family Literature Series. Get yours today at www.putnam.org!*
Reel Deal: Join us Friday and Saturday nights to celebrate
the anniversaries of several classic films this summer at the National Geographic GIANT Screen Theater!
Friday and Saturday evenings at 6:15 PM the following films will be screening on our GIANT Screen:
June 19-20: Jumanji
June 26-27: Jaws
July 10-11: Forrest Gump
July 17-17: Rebel Without a Cause
July 24, August 21-22: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
July 31-August 1: Apollo 13
August 7-8: Airplane!
August 14-15: The Seven Year Itch
Family Literature Series: Keep the learning going this summer with the NEW Family Literature Movie Series at the Putnam! Several classic titles come to life like never before on the National Geographic GIANT Screen!

Sundays at 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM the following films will be screening on our GIANT Screen:
June 28: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
July 12: Charlotte's Web
July 19: The Neverending Story
July 26: Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
August 2: Babe
August 9: Fantastic Mr. Fox
Putnam Museum and Big Screen Theater:  1717 W 12th St. | Davenport, IA | 563.324.1933Putnam.org

STEM for Girls

Girls in STEM luncheon
MEET IOWA LT. GOVERNOR KIM REYNOLDS
JUNE 25, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM
AT THE PUTNAM MUSEUM AND SCIENCE CENTER

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)

careers are growing at nearly twice the rate of all others and provide high satisfaction and high salaries. It is very important that girls have ample opportunity to experience STEM in a variety of ways. Join us to learn more about Putnam initiatives for girls in STEM!

$50 per ticket or table of 8 for $360.

Luncheon ticket proceeds will focus on opportunities for girls to explore and advance their interests in STEM.

Hosted by Genesis Health System VP, Ken Croken.

 

Questions? Please contact Betsy Matt Turner at (563) 336-7303
Opening June 6, experience the impressive manufacturing and weaponry innovations made in our own backyard - the Rock Island Arsenal!
About The Exhibit:

Discover all about the inventive and innovative spirit and impact of the Rock Island Arsenal! Beginning Saturday, June 6th and running through Sunday, November 15th, experience artifacts from the Rock Island Arsenal Museum collection that showcase the history of innovations made in manufacturing and weaponry through the years. Also get a sense of what the Rock Island Arsenal is, its history and impact on the Quad Cities Region.

Included in the exhibit are several hands-on areas, including:

  • Crank Derrick: Find out how to build large structures without the use of motorized equipment.
  • Target Practice: How do you train soldiers to shoot? Take aim at a target based on Arsenal design.
  • Parachute Drop: Create your very own paracrate design and put your engineering skills to the test when it takes the plunge!

Many thanks to DynCorp International, Rock Island Arsenal Development Group and Regalia for their sponsorship of this exhibit.

Opening Day Events: The Putnam will be opening early on Saturday, June 6th for a Public Grand Opening event. Doors will open at 9:30 am with the ceremony beginning promptly at 10:00 am. A color guard, solder re-enactors, Arsenal military personnel and others will be present for the ribbon cutting fo the exhibit.

The Putnam is excited to announce that it is a Blue Star Museum.

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, through Labor Day, September 7, 2015. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps - and up to five family members.

On opening weekend of the Arsenal of Innovation Exhibit, the Putnam is extending this offer to ALL veterans! All veterans must show Veterans ID cards to gain FREE Admission for themselves and up to five family members Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7.

Looking to volunteer at the Putnam?

If you are interested in military history and invention, or simply like to meet and greet people, please consider donating a morning or afternoon of your time to serve as a docent or visitor guide for this exhibit. Weekend shifts (normally 3 hours a piece) are especially helpful. Weekend hours are Saturdays (10 AM - 5 PM) and Sundays (Noon - 5 PM).

Docents will engage the public to speak about the objects and ideas presented in the exhibit. Guides will be asked to meet and greet and/or assist our visitors as they make their way to and from the exhibit. The ideal volunteers for these positions are outgoing, comfortable with speaking with people and willing to engage visitors in conversation.

Contact Nichole Myles (nmyles@putnam.org) or Christine Chandler (cchandler@putnam.org) at 563-324-1054 to arrange to become a member of the Arsenal of Innovation team.

Accompanying Film: D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D

Launching on D-Day, Saturday, June 6th is the latest film to hit the National Geographic GIANT Screen: D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D.

Narrated by renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw, D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 provides a new, penetrating look at this defining moment in history in a truly unique manner. D-Day itself is well-known, yet few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this became the most important location in the world.

"What I was drawn to in this film is that it tells us the story of D-Day in a new way that gives such clarity to one of the most important events in the history of mankind," said Brokaw. "I originally thought this was going to be another traditional documentary featuring grainy black & white footage, but as soon as I saw the first minutes of this film on the giant screen in 3D, I found it irresistible."

About The Exhibit:
Join scientists in pursuit of alien life - included in the search are characters such as Iron Man, C3PO, and more! In this exhibit, created with the help of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, visitors will join scientists in their search for alien life within and beyond our solar system, discover strange alien-like creatures found here on Earth, and learn about the technologies used to explore remote solar systems and extreme environments found on Earth.
Alien Worlds and Androids takes on the question that has fascinated man for centuries: "Are We
Alone?" Through the use of robots, telescopes, space probes and high-tech laboratories, scientists have been studying the possibility of life existing beyond Earth and what forms it may take depending on the environment.

This exhibition has nine areas highlighting their studies and findings: Are We Alone, Looking for Life in Space, Alien Life on Earth, Artificial Intelligence and Robots, Robot Space Explorers, Explore the Solar System, The Robotization of Planet Earth, I-Cyborg, and The Human Microbiome.

Complete your Putnam experience!

See Journey to Space 3D on our National
Geographic GIANT Screen!

Through visually stunning imagery, and in collaboration with leading space experts, Journey to Space 3D showcases the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on and the challenges they must overcome to carry out missions, once considered science fiction, and now science fact, such as landing astronauts on Mars. The film calls attention to the reality that the space program did not die with the end of the Shuttle Program in 2011. It is instead, vibrantly alive.

 

May 4 & 5: Celebrate Navy Week at the Putnam Museum and Science Center!

Designed by the Navy Office of Community Outreach, Navy weeks are arranged to bring America's Navy closer to the people it protects in cities that do not have a significant naval presence. Navy Week activities are included with admission:
May 4 & 5 Times:
USS Constitution Presentations (10:15am & 11:15am)
Come see Sailors stationed aboard the world's oldest commissioned warship USS Constitution as they interact with guests in traditional 1800's uniforms and talk STEM and history.

Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Demonstrations (10:00am-12:00pm)
Navy EOD Technicians interact with visitors through static displays, dive suits, and robots.

Navy STEM Activities (10:00am-5:00pm)
Get involved with our Laparoscopic Simulator Trainer, Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and other interactive activities all designed to show the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and how we use it in the Fleet! Also stop by and visit our Environmental "Stewards of the Sea" and meet Stewie, our mascot, and get an inside look at how the Navy is on the leading edge of environmental awareness.
May 7 @ 7pm:  Aerosmith Rocks Donington 3D

Over their 40+ year career, Aerosmith has earned the title of "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" and their 3D concert is sure to be a crowd pleaser! With several platinum albums, many number one hits and 4 Grammy Awards, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 3D is packed with many fan favorites.

Captured at Donington Park at Leicestershire UK on Sunday June 15, 2014, where tickets to the live event went for $800... Aerosmith proved beyond a doubt that they still have what it takes to ROCK an audience.This concert will take fans on an epic Dream On journey full of Sweet Emotion.

"Walk This Way" to the Putnam May 7th at 7pm
to hear the best Aerosmith songs on the National Geographic GIANT Screen!

Over their 40+ year career, Aerosmith has earned the title of "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" and their 3D concert is sure to be a crowd pleaser! With several platinum albums, many number one hits and 4 Grammy Awards, Aerosmith Rocks Donington 3D is packed with many fan favorites.

Captured at Donington Park at Leicestershire UK on Sunday June 15, 2014, where tickets to the live event went for $800... Aerosmith proved beyond a doubt that they still have what it takes to ROCK an audience.This concert will take fans on an epic Dream On journey full of Sweet Emotion.

"Walk This Way" to the Putnam May 7th at
7pm to hear the best Aerosmith songs on the National Geographic GIANT Screen!
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Experience the Museum and Science Center during this exclusive after hours opportunity all while taking part in the special theme for the evening:  Awesome Anatomy!

Have you ever wanted to dissect something? Or learn how to breakdown DNA of a living organism? Come to the Putnam and learn about all things Anatomy related. Extract DNA from a strawberry and dissect virtually on iPads. Catch Journey to Space 3D AND gain after hours access to the Alien Worlds and Androids Exhibit!

General Public Information:
When: Extended hours - 9 pm!
Journey To Space 3D - 6:15 pm
Demonstrations & Activities - Starting at 5:30 pm
Cost: General Admission and Package Prices apply for this event
Are you a Girl Scout?
Girls Scouts Event: 6-9 pm
This evening allows for exclusive opportunities just for you! From 6-9pm participate in all the above activities and earn a Fun Patch! To participate in this event, please register on the Girl Scouts Website.
Demonstrations ongoing
1717 W 12th St. | Davenport, IA | 563.324.1933Putnam.org

There is still time for your students to experience a trip to the Putnam Museum and Science Center, where learning comes to life!

At the Putnam, your children can:

Explore more than 40 hands-on science interactives in our Science Center!

Go back in time and around the world!
See an authentic Samurai Warrior suit of arms and an Egyptian mummy.
Explore our region! 
Examine an albino squirrel and Bix Beiderbecke's own cornet.

Discover new frontiers!

Take in a 3D documentary on Mars explorations or the Marianas Trench in Iowa's largest Giant Screen Theater.

Look to the future!

Our latest traveling exhibition, Alien Worlds and Androids, has a special discounted student rate when included with a field trip!

 

Tell your favorite teachers to contact the Putnam for more information!

Even if you've already seen Disney's Big Hero 6, you haven't seen it like this! Experience your favorite characters like Baymax and Hiro in 3D AND on the largest screen in the Quad Cities!

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, "Big Hero 6" is an action-packed comedy adventure that introduces Baymax, a lovable, personal companion robot, who forms a special bond with robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to Baymax and his diverse group of friends- adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred - who transform into a band of unlikely heroes.
Come experience Disney's "Big Hero 6," featuring comic-book-style action and hilarious, unforgettable characters - it's fun for the whole family!
Watch the official trailer for Big Hero 6 here!

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