Putnam Museum of History and Natural Science

1717 West 12th Street
Davenport, Iowa

Phone: 319-324-1933 --

Statement of Purpose:

Established in 1867, the Putnam Museum is a membership-based, not-for-profit educational corporation, whose mission of preservation and education benefits the entire population of the region. It provides entertaining opportunities to learn about and appreciate the history and natural science of this region and its ties to the remainder of the world.

Highlights & Collections:

Whether it's the 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy, a Mississippi River artifact or the life-size polar bear that grabs your interest, the Putnam Museum is a must-see!

A dynamic regional museum, the Putnam features permanent and changing exhibits of regional history, natural science and world cultures.

Explore and learn in our Saturday family workshops.

Join in the fun of hands-on activities in the River Valley Discovery Room where you can touch a 200-million-year-old tree. Exhibits come alive through our Heritage Theatre( and Live Interpretations with Michael Granger, MG for short. You will be fascinated by Putnam's own Dr. Discovery as he proves that Science is COOL! From Colorado to Castles, the Putnam's popular World Adventure Travelogue Series will take you on breathtaking film tours.

The Putnam Museum, situated atop a bluff, allows a magnificent view of the Mississippi River as it flows through the Iowa and Illinois Quad Cities area.

And don't forget to visit the 1867 Shop, with marvelous gift ideas for the whole family. From exhibit-related items to educational toys - you are sure to find something you just have to take with you.

Permanent Exhibits:

Hear the roar of the lion and whistles of the beluga whale in the Putnam's Hall of Mammals exhibit, featuring full-scale African and Arctic animals in their natural settings. With the hands-on components and a collection of brilliant photographs, dioramas and specimens, this gallery is truly a multi-sensory experience.

From early Native Americans to the people of the Quad Cities in the 1980s, the acclaimed River, Prairie and People exhibit offers a timeline of the region's history. Learn about Chief Black Hawk, Antoine LeClaire, John Deere and hundreds more. Relive the era of steamboat captains and river runners. This exhibit makes learning the history of our region easy and entertaining for out-of-town guests and residents, too!

Encounter mysteries from ancient civilizations and the wonders of many cultures in the Asian/Egyptian galleries. The galleries' highlights include artifacts of Japanese warrior societies, a Fu Dog that once stood guard over a Chinese temple and a 3,000-year-old mummy of the temple chantress Isis Neferit.

Exhibits & Special Events:

Changing Exhibits:


Call (319)324-0059 for details.


9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

noon-5 p.m. Sunday

closed on Monday

Admission and directions:

Adults, $4

Senior Citizens, $3

Youth (5-17 years old), $2

Putnam Museum members, Free

Children less than 5 years old accompanied by an adult, Free

Directions: From Interstate 80 in eastern Iowa or western Illinois, take I-280 to Davenport. Exit onto Locust Street and take Locust east to Division Street. Turn right onto Division. The Putnam is on the corner of West 12th and Division streets in Davenport.


The museum

The Asian-Egyptian Gallery

Michael Rohlf, 3,

of Davenport shows his dad, David Rohlf, how to work the interactives in the Hall of Mammals, one of the Puttnam Museum's permanent galleries.

Key Personnel:

Christopher J. Reich, CEO/Director

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