The Putnam Museum & Science Center

The Putnam Museum & Science Center

The Putnam Museum & Science Center
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums
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12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Putnam is a place where people connect with history and ideas by doing, making and experiencing. Our classes and special events are a great complement to our hands-on exhibit galleries. There is always something new to discover and something for everyone at the Putnam.
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Kate P
Davenport, IA59 contributions
Nov 2020 • Family
Even with COVID-19 closing down the hands on exhibits, The Putnam is the museum of my childhood. Amazing mummies and antiquities from around the world, environmental history from the Devonian Era to today, and thoughtful collections spotlighting the people who developed this area of the Mississippi Valley. The current exhibit on the periodic table was the highlight of this trip.
Written November 13, 2020
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Mar 2021
the museum is a great size for kids and elders. there are so many things to see and do. i truly enjoyed the forensics exhibit ane fantastic classroom experience. in fact, i came back to enroll my granddaughter in the class.
Written March 15, 2021
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Jennie360
USA25 contributions
Jan 2019 • Family
We were a group of adults and teens (family visiting from Chicago) and they were really impressed by the Putnam. We had a great time exploring the exhibits, both visual and interactive. They had a laser harp you could play by putting your fingers in the path of the lights, a pulley system to try to lift oneself into the air, a dinosaur dance floor where one could stand and be filmed while animated dinosaurs approached on the screen. (So you could make it look as if you were running from a raptor or something silly!) And then you could share the video with friends via email! Also cool were the Egyptian rooms, wildlife, and they also have rotating exhibitions. The IMAX movie oceans was a hit too! It's a large place so plan lots of time to get your money's worth!
Written January 9, 2019
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Junker79
Tualatin, Oregon122 contributions
Jun 2013 • Couples
We went to the museum to waste an afternoon while in town visiting family. It was really hot outside so being in the air conditioned museum was nice. The parking was free and there were plenty of spaces for a Saturday afternoon. The price for the standard museum was reasonable at $7 per person but to get into the changing exhibit "Bodies Revealed" it was another $11 per person. A little overpriced so we skipped that. The standard exhibits were nice but they were all very small with just a few items in each. Some of the items in the exhibits looked old and worn out or just not very well put together to begin with. There was a section that did local history and this seemed very interesting but by the time we got to it we were getting worn out....and plan to walk a lot as the exhibits are not set up to walk through one then another but more as you walk through and exhibit to the end and then have to backtrack to go to the next exhibit.
Written June 26, 2013
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psa954
Milan, IL117 contributions
Apr 2012 • Family
Went to the Dinosaurs Unearthed exhibit yesterday and was astonished that it cost so much and the exhibit was very minimal. The rest of the museum had not been maintained as four of the activity portions did not work.On the website it stated that they charged extra for the dinosaur exhibit but did not say it was $10.00 on top of the $7.00 so an adult cost is $17.00 and the kids were $12.50 each,I feel very expensive for the quality of the exhibit,even my 8 year old grandson who loves museums said that wasn't very much to see.We went last spring to The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield and it was much cheaper and much more entertaining and educational.Probably will not be going back here for there special exhibits!
Written April 10, 2012
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treesprite07
Northern Illinois400 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
I was astonished at how nice this museum is. The Egyptian Room, the hands on display and the local history rooms were all well done. A great place to go on a day trip. It was nice not to be in a crowded museum so that you could do all the exhibits.
Written September 11, 2018
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dispatchergurl
Davenport, IA188 contributions
Aug 2014 • Family
They try to charge extra for the cool exhibits and not include them in the regular entrance fee. It is not worth the money.
Written March 16, 2015
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thedude101
Davenport, IA1 contribution
Jul 2011 • Couples
The bathrooms were not cleaned very well. And it was very overpriced.
Written June 14, 2012
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Patti-trvler
Rockford, IL23 contributions
If you are looking for an museum that is not too big, but holds the attention of a elementary school aged child, this is the place for you. We took our 6 year old grandson and it was a nice couple of hours and offered different exhibits for his interest and attention span. We had gone to the iMax movie first, which we really enjoyed, and then went around the museum exhibits. There are some parts of exhibits that allow child interaction and that was a plus. Everyone was friendly and accommodating and this museum is a gem to try with kids on a hot summer day.
Written August 6, 2010
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Melissa
Elko, MN12 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
Our kids, ages 14, 12, 8, and 5 all said this was the highlight of our long weekend trip to Iowa. Parts of the building were a little rundown, but that didn't take away from our experience.
Written October 24, 2021
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