Putnam to extend museum hours, offer science demos for family night

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September 24, 2018
DAVENPORT, Iowa (Sept. 18, 2018) — Putnam educators will bring science to life on Friday as the museum and science center kicks off a series of family nights, allowing visitors to see exhibits after regular museum hours and enjoy free activities for all ages.
Family Fun Night begins at 5 p.m., with science demonstrations and hands-on learning activities that will continue throughout the Putnam’s Grand Lobby until 8:30. All activities share the theme of “Science aLIVE!” and focus on the living aspect of science that exists around us every day.
“Science isn’t only found in your high school biology textbook — it controls everything from the weather to supermassive black holes to the car that gets you to and from work every day,” said Octavia Houtekier-Boyd, vice president of education. “Family Fun Night is about making STEM topics fun, engaging and accessible to all families in our community.”
Friday’s event features a special showing of National Geographic's “Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D” movie on the GIANT Screen. This visually stunning documentary reveals the hidden universe of microscopic life, too small to perceive with the naked eye.
Family Fun Night activities in the Grand Lobby are free to the public. General admission is required to experience the museum and science center, and movie tickets are required to see the featured film.
Admission to the museum and science center is $9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-17) and free for members. Standalone theater tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for youth or just $5 as an add-on to admission. Seniors, college students and military each save $1 on their purchase.
To learn more, visit, or for group reservations contact Education Services Coordinator Bridget Boyd-Carlson at 563-336-7308 or email
Family Fun Nights occur every month through April. No family night has been planned for December.
The complete 2018-19 schedule includes:
Friday, Sept. 21: Science aLIVE! – Science isn’t just a subject in school; it’s alive! Come discover all the ways science lives in the world around us. Watch as our educators coax genies out of bottles and throw fireballs in the air! Movie: Mysteries of the Unseen World 3D
Oct, 19: Lionfish, Tiger Sharks & Water Bears…oh my! – We’re not in Iowa anymore; we’re in the ocean! Learn all about the strange and amazing creatures that live in the most unexplored place on earth! Movie: Oceans: Our Blue Planet 3D
Nov, 16: Space Odyssey - Blast off on your very own space adventure by building rockets to reach the stars…or at least the ceiling. Our friends from the Popular Astronomy Club will be back for this epic event! Movie: Journey to Space 3D
Jan. 18: Where in the World? - Where can you find an église? Does your house have a badezimmer? Have you had a malattia recently? Let us travel to different counties and explore their way of life. Movie: TBD
Feb. 15: Engineers: Come one, Come all – Size doesn’t matter when you want to build something amazing! The smallest person can create the biggest skyscraper. See what you can create with your ideas! Movie: Dream Big 3D
March 15: Tinker Toys – Become an inventor as you tinker, take things apart or put things together. What will you be able to create? Movie: Robots 3D
April 12: Diggin’ Dinos – The Putman’s collection is full of fossils. See if you can add to it by digging up some bones. Movie: Flying Monsters 3D
About the Putnam
The Putnam has been inspiring ideas, dialogue and interaction among people of all ages for 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 the Science Center, “touch the untouchable” in the Augmented Reality Experience, 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 the 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

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