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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Andrew B
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Davenport, Iowa
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Davenport, Iowa
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65 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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28 attraction reviews
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
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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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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Davenport, Iowa
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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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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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Thank Denise B
burlington ia.
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

This is just the right size museum for young and old will love it too. Always have traveling exhibits that you usually only get to see in like Chicago.

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Thank Debbie B
Bangor, Wisconsin
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

So empty. Room after room was just empty space. Nothing organized. We were in and out in less then 30mins. What a disappointment! Skip this one.

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

The Putnam is a great place to take your children to see some great history. They have traveling exhibits that are extra in cost (I think it should be included), but they are usually pretty cool. It's a nice place to spend an afternoon and if you are in town to visit.

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