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Explore the Putnam Museum in Davenport
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Explore the Putnam Museum in Davenport

Putnam Museum, which is dedicated to history and natural science, is located in Davenport, Iowa. The museum is focused on creating opportunity for kids and families to learn more about dinosaurs, mummies, and much more! The museum has many inspiring interactions for people of all ages. The exhibits entertain people and connect them to the history, culture, environment and nature by presenting various educational programs, exhibits (both permanent and changing) and even 3D films. Recently, they opened a new science center for everyone to explore science, technology, math and engineering fields.

Putnam Museum was established in 1867 and was one of the first museums built west of the Mississippi. It is one of the largest museums in the Eastern Iowa. The Putnam museum was named after Charles Edward Putnam and his family. Charles Putnam was a thriving lawyer who came to live in Davenport in 1854.

Exploring the exhibits:

The museum has many permanent exhibits to explore, such as:

• Black Earth/Big River: The River escorts you through the inhabitants of Quad Cities area. You can explore the woodlands, wetlands, prairies and a huge oak tree. Listen to the stories of the people who live in the river and discover the invasive species that are threatening the local ecosystem. See the live fish of Mississippi river in the 718-gallon aquarium.

• Asian Gallery: You could learn the interesting culture of Eastern Asia. Look at the treasures at the emperor palace in the Forbidden City. The gallery includes a 18th century Japanese Shinto shrine.

• Hall of Mammals: Learn about various mammals using entertaining methods. They provide pictures, hands-on activities, and truthful dioramas in this multi-sensory exhibit.

• Ocean Experience: This exhibit is designed mainly for kids and families. The Ocean Experience presents different underwater habitats from kelp forests to deep seas. It is all about hands-on learning for visitors.

• Unearthing Ancient Egypt: Putnam Museum's most iconic gallery is home to two mummies. Learn how Egyptians lived, and the requirements of a pleasant afterlife by exploring the ancient Egyptian tomb. You could even try visiting the new computer communicating station to explore the legend of mummies.

• Uwé Warúmi: Children can learn about Native American dancing through this exhibit. The exhibit provides an opportunity to learn about trading, Native American games, and drum beating. This exhibit is an in-depth center for children ages 4-10. 


Putnam Museum, 1717W 12th St, Davenport, Iowa-52804.

Timings: Monday – Saturday: 10:00 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm.

For more details about the museum, click here.

* Image courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons.

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