Putnam Museum

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Putnam Museum and Science Center
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LocationDavenport, Iowa, United States
TypeHistory and Science Museum

The Putnam Museum and Science Center is a museum of history and natural science and a science center in Davenport, Iowa, United States. The museum was founded in 1867, and was one of the first museums west of the Mississippi River.[1] It houses 160,000 historical artifacts and specimens. It is located at 1717 West 12th Street, at the corner of Division and West 12th Street on "museum hill," near Fejervary Park.

The theatre has one of the largest movie screens in the state of Iowa, 57' by 70'. Formerly associated with IMAX large screen theater corporation,[2] the museum became a National Geographic Giant Screen Theater in June 2012.[2] The partnership with National Geographic allows the Putnam access to one of the world’s largest Giant-Screen film libraries in 2D and 3D digital formats.[3]


Black Earth, Big River is an exploration of the past and present habitats of the Quad-Cities region. Black Earth, Big River, the newest permanent exhibit in the museum features a 718-gallon aquarium[4] filled with river fish, a cave, and a huge oak tree. Habitats and wildlife are explained throughout the exhibit, along with stories of the region.

Hall of Mammals explains various mammals through many means. Photographs, hands-on activities, and realistic dioramas are all provided in this multi-sensory exhibit.[4] From the Arctic polar bears to the African zebras, many different animals are explored in this exhibit.


  1. ^ a b Gaul, Alma. "Putnam retires IMAX debt, prepares to launch endowment campaign". Quad City Times. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
  2. ^ a b "Putnam Museum Giant Screen Theater". bigscreen.com. The Big Screen Cinema Guide. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ Waytenick, Jessica. "Putnam Museum and Science Center". VisitQuadCities.com. Quad Cities CVB. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Putnam Museum and Science Center". www.VisitQuadCities.com. Quad Cities CVB. 2015. Retrieved 19 April 2017.

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