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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 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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Fun for the curious mind

Went on a date. Great fun. And while many of the science exhibits are for the young. They are also fun for the young at heart.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
rustywhims
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went on a date. Great fun. And while many of the science exhibits are for the young. They are also fun for the young at heart.

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Thank rustywhims
Iowa, United States
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter and I like to go when we feel like we've been cooped up inside too long. Prices are not outrageous and we always have a good time. I swear we find something new every time we go. Its great for kids of all ages and it has a fun mix of science, history and imagination.

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Thank Amanda P
Pewsey, United Kingdom
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245 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great museum/experience centre well worth a visit. I came on my own and spent about two hours here enjoying the various exhibitions and also interactive exhibits. Would thoroughly recommend. The only criticsim would be that the Shipwreck exhibition is poorly signed so make sure you don't miss it - ask staff if you have been round and... More 

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Thank Charlie L
Davenport, Iowa
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68 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

A bit off the beaten path but a fascinating museum with great exhibits Worth the adventure to find it.

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Thank Andrew B
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41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016 via mobile

It was nice. Several of the interactive activities did not work. I was expecting more history of Iowa though.

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Thank EMBall
Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

Its kind of interesting, and has a lot of interactive exhibits, but it really wasn't that interesting to me. It had polite workers and a fair fee, but I doubt I'd ever go back.

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Thank primalclaws1974
Denver, Colorado
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Fun, hands on learning! The children are 7 and 5 years old and they had a blast but there is fun to be had for all ages.

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Thank bobandJudy1
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Every impressed lots of hands on for kids this is was our first trip up there I would highly recommend this .place

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Thank Joni H
Davenport, Iowa
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

My kids were getting bored of the Family Museum in Bettendorf, so we tried the Putnam. I was pleasantly surprised! My kids are 6 and 3 years old and they absolutely love this place and beg to go all the time!!!! It's very kid friendly. I was worried my little guy wouldn't like it, but there were so many things... More 

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Rock Island, Illinois
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36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Just had a King Tut exhibit there and it was awesome! Since I live local I usually go for special events.

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