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The Putnam Museum & Science Center

Closed Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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Excellent! Nice Building, Great Hands-On Exhibits, Cool Artifacts, and IMAX

We were a group of adults and teens (family visiting from Chicago) and they were really impressed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Very Nice

Our group of five adults and one 4 year old had a very nice time at this museum. The hands-on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sherrard, Illinois
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“all ages”(20 reviews)
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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804-3547
+1 563-324-1933
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All reviews the king tut exhibit imax theater all ages hands on activities egyptian exhibit large screen traveling exhibits local history kids and adults interesting exhibits once a year something for everyone great for kids great place to go gift shop the quad cities on display
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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...More

Date of experience: January 2019
2  Thank Jennie360
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of five adults and one 4 year old had a very nice time at this museum. The hands-on science exhibits were especially fun. Unfortunately some of the exhibits weren’t working as they should and it seems like they’ve been neglected for a while....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 16 November 2018 via mobile

The Putnam Museum off or something for everyone. If you’re a history buff they have many exhibits to capture your interest. Their exhibits for use in children are very engaging and interactive. They also have a large theater With great seating and acoustics. I’ve had...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank hearteacher
Reviewed 2 October 2018 via mobile

We go every year at least once. When my own kids were young they LOVED this museum. I’m now a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters and my Little Sister loves it too. I think she would go every month if I agreed. Nicely...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank rdweyman
Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank treesprite07
Reviewed 29 June 2018

The Putnam Museum & Science Center is a fascinating place to visit. There is a historical section which tells the story of this area from the early days, with lots of information, pictures, and artifacts. There is an IMAX theater which shows educational movies throughout...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank 00Bruce00
Reviewed 18 June 2018

We get reciprocal entry to The Putnam through our home children's museum. As grandma lives in Davenport and we live in Wisconsin, we often visit this places for a few hours every time we visit grandma. My kids (10 and 8) love The Putnam. Very...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank U865CIcynthiar
Reviewed 18 June 2018

I went there last when they had the King Tut display. It was amazing. What a gem to bring to the Quad Cities! So much to learn.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank 575lawrenceu
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

We love this museum! We got out VIV bracelets from one of the local hotels which gave us a discount on admission. Our girls age 11 and 13 both enjoyed it as well as did my husband. (Bracelet pick up locations listed on the tourism...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Michelle H
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

My 9 year old son and I were in the Quad Cities for a concert this past Friday. I looked online for suggested activities in the area, and the Putnam Museum was listed. My son and I went yesterday, and were both impressed. There were...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Rhysmom1026
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Heather A
15 October 2018|
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Response from rdweyman | Reviewed this property |
The 5 year old will love it but it would best be enjoyed together more one on one. There are fun hands on exhibits and exciting exhibits but he/she will get more out of it with assistance, he/she likely won’t want to leave... More
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Response from Susan H | Reviewed this property |
It was $15.00 for 2 adults when we visited! Have fun!