Iowa Putnam Children’s Museum strives to inspire creativity, ideas, interaction, and dialog among people of all ages. The Putnam has been thriving for more than 150 years, offering a hands on learning experience that entertain, connect with history, environment, culture, nature and to connect people to one another through experience. Putnam Children’s Museum exists to educate and preserve the regions treasures. The museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian which gives access to extraordinary educational programs.
Travel to far off places with in help of the National Geographic giant screen theater, get a little hands on experience in the science center, drop by the FabLab Animation Station to make your very own motion stop movie, unearth Egypt, have you ever thought of becoming an engineer, or taking on an ocean experience.
The Iowa Putnam Children’s Museum has something for kids, teens, and adults. See Our Blue Planet in 3D on the giant screen to discover the world of wonder that lies beneath the waves, stand beside a T-Rex with augmented reality since the prehistoric giants have been awakened at Putnam’s, with sensory friendly films everyone will enjoy what they see.
Kids who visit Iowa Putnam Children’s Museum will enjoy 40 plus interactive exhibits that showcase math, science, and technology. Take them to the FabLab with its state of the art Hubble-Waterman Fabrication laboratory equipped with vinyl cutter, 3D printer, VEX robot, and laser printer to let their imaginations run wild. Visiting the Hall Of Mammals children will see animals like the cotton tailed rabbit they would see in their backyard, polar bears and other mammals of the Arctic Circle. Travel from a glacier to a waterhole in Africa seeing animals small to large throughout the exhibits you normally wouldn’t get to experience on any other day. You’ll not only get to see the animals in their natural environment but you’ll get to hear them as well.
The adults, parents, and grandparents visiting the Putnam Children’s Museum will enjoy watching their families eyes light up with excitement with each interactive exhibit. Uncover history when you step into an ancient Egyptian tomb, learn how ancient Egyptians lived and what was needed for a pleasant afterlife. Let the river guide you through natural habitats of the Quad City Areas while exploring wetlands and prairies.Listen to the sounds of the marsh while your up close and personal with the reptiles and Mississippi River fish in the 718 gallon aquarium on display. See the historic Literary Heroines which celebrates strong fictional female characters like “Little House On The Prairie” Laura Ingalls, Hermione Granger of “Harry Potter”, and “Little Women” Jo March, take a look at their times and fashions. If you are from the area and are enthusiastic, you should ask about volunteering at the museum as it is always welcomed since volunteers and interns are vital parts of the museums existence.
Visiting Iowa Putnam Children’s Museum is a treat all in itself, with so much to see and enjoy you will forget you’re learning at the same time as making memories you can capture to keep until your next visit. Check out the events calendar to plan your next family or class trip.
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