The Putnam

The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for nearly 150 years. And today, we’re better than ever with hands-on fun for the whole family.

Launch rockets or interact with a robot in our Science Center, visit our famous mummies in Unearthing Ancient Egypt, climb into a tree house in Black Earth | Big River or go back in time to see our region’s history in River, Prairie and People. Also experience internationally recognized traveling exhibits or take in a movie in our National Geographic Giant Screen Theater with a screen towering six stories tall. Our welcoming team is dedicated to helping you discover and explore in a friendly and engaging place.

For more information about current and upcoming events, exhibits and movies, visit

Great River Road logo! Official Great River Road Interpretive Center
The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. Learn more >

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Latitude: 41.530911 Longitude: -90.601691 Elevation: 712 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Inga Rundquist

Seasons Open

Open year-round

Hours Open

Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m.


General admission: Adult: $8.00 ($1 off seniors over 60 and college students or military with ID); Youth (3-18 yrs.): $7.00; Members: FREE

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