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Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science

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Address: 1717 West 12th Street, Davenport, IA 52804
Phone Number: 563-324-1933
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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History of the Midwest

Very exhaustive and iformative in terms of areas explored. The only drawback is the maze like set up which can find one rather directionless at times and often repeating the same... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Vasanti J
Petaluma, California
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Petaluma, California
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very exhaustive and iformative in terms of areas explored. The only drawback is the maze like set up which can find one rather directionless at times and often repeating the same path.

Thank Vasanti J
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194 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This program turns big screen movie goers into critics with a purpose. Viewers get to see a never before seen documentary on the Giant National Geographic screen. For a mere $7.00 you get one admission, a bag of popcorn, and a soft drink and a review form. After a brief introduction, you get to see an interesting movie on a... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Really fun for going to have family fun times i recommend going on during the christmas times they always have fun things planned

Thank abcdefg310
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I've been there numerous occasions for exhibits, historical displays, and shows. They offer a good variety of things to enjoy and it's a great place for learning and family outings.

Thank davmelly
Madison, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This is a nice museum with a focus on events concerning Davenport. The is a nice section on the civil war, and nice recreations of the environment.

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Regina, Canada
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This science centre was really well done. It is small but the displays are very well designed to explain science in imaginative and interesting ways. Some of the displays are showing signs of age. In addition to the fun interactive displays for children, there were some very good sections for more adult interests.

Thank Becabica
Davenport, Iowa
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Putnam Museum is wonderful to visit if your family loves to play and learn. They have really awesome traveling exhibits the downside is that you pay extra for them. The regular exhibits in the museum are awesome...some are more historical, some really put a spot light on the area, and others are interactive learning exhibits. They have added a... More 

1 Thank Monica L
Appleton, Wisconsin
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87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

The museum has been updated since I was there ten years ago to include more hands on activities for kids in addition to great exhibits for the grownups. The 3D movie on D Day was spectacular. The pricing is appropriate for what and where it is. In a bigger city you would pay twice as much. We plan to bring... More 

1 Thank Kathryn C
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

We have a family membership and the grandchildren ask to go at least once a week. The STEM exhibit has at least 20 different activities and we spend at least 20 minutes at each one. This week it was the Lego raceway. We all made Lego vehicles which we raced on a timed track, last week they dug for dinosaur... More 

1 Thank Constance M
Davenport, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Incredible, wonderful introduction to the history of the local geology/topography/environment and of the local industries and businesses. Beautiful collections of natural and manufactured items. Fascinating collection of exotic artifacts accumulated by Dr. Palmer. Meaningful rotating displays. IMAX-style theater always has several films worth watching. GREAT for all ages.

Thank Rolf S

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