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The Putnam Museum & Science Center

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Address: 1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804-3547
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+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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Good place to spend some family time. Interesting exhibits to see some are interactive. Good time for kids

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to spend some family time. Interesting exhibits to see some are interactive. Good time for kids

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Davenport on a Monday is limited in things to do, but the Putnam museum is open all day. I went by myself and honestly had a great time! It's very interactive, definitely channeled to children, but there's plenty of displays and plaques to read for adults.I watched a movie at the IMAX on women in engineering and it was great.... More 

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1 Thank Emily B
Davenport, IA, United States
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Reviewed 24 February 2017

I went to see the new giant screen movie Dream Big 3D (42 mins.) this morning at the debut showing at 11:15. The lower level tables had a bus load of several grade schoolers with their teacher waiting to get in. The show promptly started at 11:15 sharp and the kids became very quiet. The Dream Big 3D movie is... More 

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1 Thank Wayne W
Davenport, Iowa
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Reviewed 17 February 2017 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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1 Thank rustywhims
Iowa, United States
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

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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1 Thank Amanda P
Pewsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

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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1 Thank Charlie L
Davenport, Iowa
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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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1 Thank Andrew B
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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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1 Thank EMBall
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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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Denver, Colorado
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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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