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The Putnam Museum & Science Center

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Address: 1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804-3547
Phone Number: +1 563 324 1933
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The Putnam is a place where people connect with history and ideas by doing,...

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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Something for everyone!

As a school bus driver I have been to the Putnam many times. At least a couple times each year. There is a permanent display showcasing the Quad City area and many other... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Patti L
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Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a school bus driver I have been to the Putnam many times. At least a couple times each year. There is a permanent display showcasing the Quad City area and many other displays. Rocks, animals, Egyptian artifacts, hands on science learning center. Something to enjoy for all ages. Plus a giant IMAX movie screen.

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While vacationing in the Quad Cities area, my wife and I stopped by this museum for something to do on a rainy afternoon. Our primary reason was to view the King Tut exhibit. And, while the reproductions of the tomb escavations, as well as the fascinating history involved, were as impressive as advertised, the rest of the museum is every... More 

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Muscatine, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The display was full of history. The items were reproductions but very beautiful. It seemed to flow backwards, though - You approached the displays showing timelines from the right. You would have to walk past them (through the crowd) then read from left to right which meant you again had to walk past the crowd. I would not recommend the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The display was interesting. A great history lesson. Glad it started with a short learning video. The handheld items were a pain though, because you'd have to keep holding them up to your ear to listen to what was being said. After a while enough is enough, especially if you have children in tow and trying to keep track of... More 

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Miles, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the King Tut exhibit. It was a little bit spread out, but there was a lot to see. Haven't been there in years, but will be interested to see what comes next.

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The King Tut display is absolutely amazing! There is a lot to it, lots to see, and it is beautiful. Also very very informative, make sure to take time to read all the information on display and listen to the audio tour. It is one of those names you have always heard but when you go to this exhibit you... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Older museum that needs an update but the interactive exhibits were fantastic to a ten year old boy AND his grandpa! Best exhibit? The light piano-pass your hand under an arch with columns of light and make piano sounds. Like a Theramin, only not as eerie. The grandson's fav? The multi-tubed 20 foot compressed air exhibit in which one is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Taking our grandson and having a great time. We saw the king Tut display and other mummies. The aquarium, mammals, and science section were very educational and offered interactive displays for kids.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

A lot of interesting exhibits. Wide selection of older movies to see on the big screen. tons of exhibits were children get to experiment and enjoy things.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

We were camping in the area and wanted something to do to beat the heat. Just so happened that the King Tut exhibit was happening. We all loved it! We spent so much time in there that we ran out of time to explore the rest of the museum. Guess we'll have to come back.

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