The Putnam Museum & Science Center

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The Putnam Museum & Science Center

The Putnam Museum & Science Center
4.5
Natural History Museums • Science Museums
10:00 AM - 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
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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4.5
223 reviews
Excellent
127
Very good
61
Average
25
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7
Terrible
3

Chanda T
Altamont, IL2 contributions
Masks required for anyone under 12
Jul 2021 • Family
Great museum except for the part where they are still requiring masks for children under 12. Ridiculous to do to kids that rarely get or spread the virus.
Written July 4, 2021
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at least an annual visit
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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Kate P
Davenport, IA54 contributions
Always Something New to See and Learn
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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chicagomrs
Chicago, IL2 contributions
Great place to learn
Dec 2019 • Family
Awesome place for kids to learn and explore! We love it here! They have stuff for kids of many ages and a lot of engaging learning activities with cool traveling exhibits and educational films. They also do some really fun events around the holidays!
Written August 13, 2020
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Frank H
Wooster, OH42 contributions
Good, but could be much better
Oct 2019
To my wife and me, the Putnam Museum and Science Center borders on greatness, but falls a bit short of its potential. We visited late morning on a Tuesday, and for our entire stay, we were practically alone. In a science center, being kids at heart, this was a plus because we could actually get close to and play with the displays without battling a bunch of school-aged children. However, no exaggeration, about half of the things were not working which we brought to the attention of one of the staff members. Buttons did not work, TV screens were black and not responding, the robot arm playing tic-tac-toe needed rebooted, etc.

The museum part had some interesting sections--history, natural history, mammals, oceanography, though some were in need of maintenance, e.g. "Feel the fur of these animals" where some of the samples were missing. My favorite part of the museum was the Egyptian room with ancient artifacts and an unwrapped mummy. The special exhibit dealt with Rube Goldberg-style inventions. This was fun, though two of the inventions were missing parts and/or had no easy-to-follow instructions.

The map of the museum and science center was a little hard to follow, and my wife and I were constantly opening doors to halls and offices that were not marked as off limits. We spent over two hours and enjoyed many parts of the building, but we could not help but feel that tech, maintenance or the administration needed to address some of the problems.
Written October 14, 2019
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JMar604
North Aurora, IL43 contributions
Excellent
Oct 2019
Since we went during the week there was hardly anyone there so we had the opportunity to play with all the exhibits! Everything is in working order, clean and informative. Had a ton of fun. Well worth a visit.
Written October 13, 2019
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Gary E
Pacifica, CA62 contributions
Great for Kids Both Young and Old
Sep 2019
An educational and very much hands on interactive museum with the bonus of an IMAX Theater. On a recent Monday afternoon we nearly had the place to ourselves.
Written September 25, 2019
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David B
45 contributions
Family Time
Jun 2019
This is a great place to take the young and old family members. Interactive and very interesting projects to do for the whole family. Always fun being and acting YOUNG again!
Written September 4, 2019
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Amy M
Peoria Heights, IL207 contributions
Fun Date
Jun 2019 • Couples
My boyfriend and I decided to visit Putnam Museum for a date. We were not sure what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. All of the exhibits except for one were incredible! We were not very impressed with the exhibit on Race, we felt more could’ve been done with it. The slave shackles seemed to be off in a little corner without much information. The children’s area or hands on area was a lot of fun even though we are adults. We absolutely LOVED the Ancient Egypt exhibit even though it took us forever to find it. We would definitely visit this museum again. The price was very reasonable too and would be a great place for families.
Written August 20, 2019
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Manatoba
Decorah, IA42 contributions
Disappointing given reputation
Jun 2019 • Solo
I've heard good things about this museum for years so was looking forward to visiting, but was really disappointed. Most of the exhibits were not well put together/displayed. Unclear which way to go in the museum between exhibits so not to miss things. The beginning is the best for kids with hands on exhibits, but beyond that confusing and doesn't live up to reputation.
Written July 9, 2019
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The Putnam Museum & Science Center is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM