DAVENPORT, IOWA (April 5, 2022) — Nearly 90% of flowering plants rely on approximately 200,000 species of animal pollinators for fertilization. Smithsonian Gardens and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service present Pollination Investigation, an exhibition that explores the who, what, when, where, why, and how of pollination by interpreting the unique relationship between pollinators and flowers.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (January 21, 2022) — Life on Earth has been evolving for billions of years. From single-celled organisms to giant blue whales, the story of life is one of trial and error. Mother Nature is continually discovering unique and innovative solutions and strategies that support life on Earth.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 9, 2021) — The Putnam’s next exhibition is a ride through history on two wheels. Winter Wheels: Antique Motorcycle Exhibition will run from November 13, 2021 - April 3, 2022. This original, community-curated exhibition features vintage, classic, and antique motorcycles of all makes and models, all displayed at the Putnam Museum and Science Center, the Quad Cities’ Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (August 24, 2021) — In an age of complex environmental challenges, why not look to the ingenuity of nature for solutions? The forms, patterns, and processes found in the natural world — refined by 3.8 billion years of evolution — can inspire our design of everything from clothing to skyscrapers.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (July 16, 2021) — The Putnam Museum and Science Center has expanded its leadership team to include a Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Leslie Klipsch, and Vice President of Museum Experiences, Ben Johnson. “The Putnam is emerging from the pandemic stronger than ever. Not only has the facility been re-imagined, but we’ve been able to rebuild our staff,” said Putnam President/CEO Rachael Mullins.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (June 9, 2021) — The Putnam Museum and Science Center will host a Gateway to Space Weekend on June 12-13. The event will feature the ISU FLEx, a mobile learning program including virtual reality, 3D printing, augmented reality and more!

DAVENPORT, IOWA (February 16, 2021) — The Putnam’s next featured exhibit explores portraiture around the world and across time as a reflection of self-identity, popular culture, mythology, and ritual.

DAVENPORT, Iowa (November 18, 2020) — The Putnam’s next exhibit will examine the role of play and toys through culture and time in society. From antiquity and from around the world guests will see toys that reflect societal norms and other sociological trends.

Play: The Story of Toys is an original Putnam exhibit, set to open Saturday, November 21. The exhibit will be included with general admission and remain open through 2021 at the Putnam, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum.

DAVENPORT, IOWA (September 2, 2020) — Join us on October 17 at 6PM for an electrifying night to raise awareness and funds for the Putnam Museum and Science Center. Mad Scientist Ball is back this year at the Putnam to raise the necessary funds to support our programs, services, and collections such as summer camps, rotating and permanent exhibits, and virtual learning.

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