On we go to the Putnam Museum! The Putnam is located at 1717 West 12th Street, Davenport, Iowa. The passes from the Moline Public Library provide free general admission for 4 people. Special exhibits and movies on the big screen will cost extra.
If you haven’t visited the Putnam in awhile, you should definitely check it out! There is so much for children and adults here.
The Science Center is particularly fun, with lots of hands-on learning opportunities for everyone.
The lever Tug-of-War is a big hit, as well as the Pulley Power station.
In Electricity, Light and Color, you can spin a wheel with a magnet through a frame of copper coils to generate enough electricity to power a light bulb!
Check out the large Newton’s Cradle too, but watch your fingers!
Downstairs, the Science Center has even more.
In the Engineering and Design station, visitors can create a paper rocket and fire it. In the Film and Music room you can make stop motion videos and simple animations on the animation wheel.
There is also an Earthquake table and a Lego Raceway down on this level, and a 3D printing station.
The giant air fountain shoots scarves into the air, and the kids had a great time shooting and catching them.
The Augmented Reality room is also located on this level. It was closed when I visited, but typically it offers visitors a chance to interact with different virtual animals and then capture a picture. You can read more about it here
The Hall of Mammals is a neat place too, with polar bears and an African animal exhibit.
Cross the bridge from the lower level Science Center to the Black Earth, Big River exhibit! This is a cozy place where visitors can check out all the wildlife in our backyards.
The fish tank here features catfish, gar, and other local species.
There is also a tree puppet theater and stage.
Behind Black Earth, Big River is the Ocean Experience exhibit with an interactive submarine, a large octopus model, and a coral reef tank.
Unearthing Ancient Egypt is a fantastic exhibit. It is located on the basement level. Lots to look at and learn about in here, and of course, the mummy!
Be sure to check out the Uwe Warume area too! It is a little off the grid, located in the River, Prairie, People exhibit beneath the airplane.
This is a really fun interactive spot with a wigwam, drum, and trading post. Kids can also dress up in Prairie fashions. The room is warm and sunny and a great place for grownups to take a rest too!
The Putnam is a fantastic place to spend the day! They are open 7 days a week
|Monday – Saturday
|| 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
|| Noon – 5 p.m.