We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Putnam Museum & Science Center

Closed Now: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Open today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Review Highlights
Fun museum

We go every year at least once. When my own kids were young they LOVED this museum. I’m now a Big... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Davenport, Iowa
via mobile
A hidden gem

I was astonished at how nice this museum is. The Egyptian Room, the hands on display and the local... read more

Reviewed September 11, 2018
Northern Illinois
via mobile
Read all 200 reviews
All photos (50)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“imax theater”(16 reviews)
“all ages”(19 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
Closed Now
Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
1717 W 12th St, Davenport, IA 52804-3547
+1 563-324-1933
Reviews (200)
Filter reviews
200 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews imax theater the king tut exhibit all ages big screen interactive exhibits hands on activities egyptian exhibit local history kids and adults young at heart wild africa great exhibits once a year great place to go great for kids the quad cities the lower level
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 200 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank rdweyman
Reviewed September 11, 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

1  Thank treesprite07
Reviewed June 29, 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

2  Thank 00Bruce00
Reviewed June 18, 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

2  Thank Cynthia R
Reviewed June 18, 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.

Thank 575lawrenceu
Reviewed May 28, 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

1  Thank Michelle H
Reviewed May 20, 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

1  Thank Rhysmom1026
Reviewed May 12, 2018

I would call this museum "thought provoking". Look at what the museum offers: the principles of physics and other sciences (certainly not only for children), nature conservation, the history of the Mississippi valley and the Quad City region, and the history of the people in...More

Thank WStatesTraveler
Reviewed April 10, 2018

We take our school age grandchildren there about once a year. There are numerous hands on exhibits for them and traveling exhibits like King Tut (extra cost) that are better for the Middle School age. We usually pair the exhibits with an on-site large screen...More

1  Thank Dale K
Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

We loved this place! We mostly went because our three boys love football. The Gridiron Glory exhibit was so worth it. The kids and adults loved it. It was a very interactive museum with lots to do for children of all ages. The facility was...More

Thank melissa5129
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 26 nearby hotels
The Current Iowa, Autograph Collection
93 reviews
2.45 km away
Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel
925 reviews
2.60 km away
Hotel Blackhawk, Autograph Collection
601 reviews
2.63 km away
Holiday Inn Rock Island - Quad Cities
270 reviews
3.16 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 326 nearby restaurants
Nally's Kitchen
34 reviews
1.21 km away
Tappas Steak House
67 reviews
1.21 km away
Circle Tap
25 reviews
1.07 km away
Happy Joe's
18 reviews
1.02 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 71 nearby attractions
Figge Art Museum
257 reviews
2.44 km away
Freight House Farmers Market
59 reviews
2.21 km away
German American Heritage Center
70 reviews
1.85 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Heather A
October 15, 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
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
March 15, 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Susan H | Reviewed this property |
It was $15.00 for 2 adults when we visited! Have fun!