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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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My latest experience at the Putnam was a field trip with my students. Their education department was so eager to make our experience enjoyable. I love the teachers night that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

They try to charge extra for the cool exhibits and not include them in the regular entrance fee. It is not worth the money.

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Davenport, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My latest experience at the Putnam was a field trip with my students. Their education department was so eager to make our experience enjoyable. I love the teachers night that the museum does so that teachers can preview the exhibits. I really enjoyed the science exhibit!

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Davenport, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Visited the Putnam on a weekday afternoon to see the Diana, A Celebration exhibit a few weeks before it closed. There was an insane line which was not directed where to flow, meaning that people were totally confused as to where to go. After waiting on line for 1 hour with no direction from staff, I received my ticket and... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Everyone had lot of fun. Kids enjoyed the mummies and are still talking about them. Adults had fun watching the kids enjoy themselves.

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Springfield, Illinois
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97 reviews 97 reviews
22 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We took a little road trip up here from springfield, IL to eat at the machine shed. While here, we decided to check this place out. We all had a blast. There were lots of fun things to do and we even brought home some gemstones and fossils. I would definitely visit again!

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Aiken, South Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Terrific place to visit because their exihibits cover so much local history. We orginally attended to view a special event, Princess Diana, and stayed to walk through the whole museum. The IMAX Theater is well worth the visit alone, but there is so much more to see. A lot of students are brought there for field trips and we saw... More 

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

This museum preserves the regional history of this area and explores the relationship between the different cultures and science and how the past affects everyone. It gives us the ability to see a mummy,travel back in time, solve a crime(CSI the experience),walk through a Mississippi river cave and watch a movie on large Imax screen.

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davenport
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Nice museum for the town of Davenport. The kids really liked the mummies. Neat exhibits for a small town venue.

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Lincoln, Illinois, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Really interesting displays and interactive items. Good for all ages. Difficult to find you way around and the map is not very clear, but if you don't mind wandering a bit, it's well worth your time.

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Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

I have had the opportunity to visit the museum many times over the past 10 years. The children I have attended with have always enjoyed all the museum has to offer. Every section has a different theme, so there is always something for all different interests. The IMAX theatre always has a great movie to see, too.

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