Visitors invited to enjoy free museum admission, science experiments at the Putnam


DAVENPORT, IOWA (January 15, 2020) — The Putnam and 3M have teamed up to spark interest in the science of chemistry during an all-day, free-museum-admission Saturday at the museum and science center.

Sponsored by 3M, Ch3Mistry Day, will help promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) studies and careers with area youth. The event runs 10AM-5PM and includes admission to the Putnam’s recently-opened chemistry exhibit — OMg! Elements of Surprise — and science-experiment demonstrations led by Putnam educators.

“Our newest exhibit showcases the sometimes strange, yet true, stories of the elements, their connections to our world and our lives, and the people who study them,” Putnam Curator of Natural Science Christine Chandler said. “Ch3Mistry Day lets us make the science of chemistry fun and accessible to as many people as possible, regardless of their background.”

Also on Saturday, Putnam educators will showcase science experiments, such as “elephant toothpaste” and “hot ice.” Demonstrations will begin at 10:30AM; 11:30AM; 12:30PM; 1:30PM; 2:30PM; and 3:30PM.


From radiation and deadly elements to the chemistry discoveries that changed humanity forever, OMg! Elements of Surprise shines a spotlight on the basic building-blocks of our universe and commemorates 150 years since the periodic table of elements was published.

Sponsored by Arconic Foundation, the hands-on exhibit shares the history of our understanding of chemistry, as well as how elements connect to STEM fields today and everyday life.

Visitors can become chemists by creating molecular compounds using molecule modelling-kits and by setting off virtual chemical reactions as part of the interactive exhibits.


Saturday’s free admission includes access to the museum and science center. Movie tickets will be available for $9 each for adults or $8 for youth, seniors, military, or college students.

Chemistry fun will continue after the free museum admission day. OMg! Elements of Surprise will be open through the rest of the year and included with regular museum admission — $9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-18), seniors, college students and military. Admission is free for members.

Also every Saturday, a Putnam educator will demonstrate science experiments in the elements exhibit during select times. Groups may also book demonstrations during their visit for a small fee.

For more information, visit For groups, or to plan your visit, call 563-324-1933.

About the Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue, and interaction among people of all ages for more than 150 years. And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family. Launch rockets or interact with a robot in the Science Center, “touch the untouchable” in the Augmented Reality Experience, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a tree house in Black Earth | Big River, or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie, and People. Also experience internationally-recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in the GIANT Screen Theater with a screen towering six stories tall. Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits, and movies, visit

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