DAVENPORT, Iowa— Don’t miss the Putnam’s new World Culture Gallery showcasing cultures from around the world as reflected in the museum’s historic collection. A Smithsonian Institution affiliate, the Putnam houses a collection entrusted to the museum by seven generations of Quad Citians, including objects from the world travels of some of the museum’s founders such as the Putnam, Palmer, and Figge families.
“The Putnam strives to bring to life a sense of place, time and purpose to ignite human potential and inspire our diverse community to learn about and care for our world and all its people,” Putnam President/CEO Rachael Mullins said. “Our new World Culture Gallery showcases our historic international collection, as well as raises awareness of the rich cultural diversity now found right here in our own community.”
The World Culture Gallery will feature an inaugural exhibit, The Colors of Culture, exploring the meanings of colors to people of different cultures, including the symbolism of color in adornment, home and celebration. The exhibit is a partnership with World Relief Quad Cities, including artifacts loaned by the newest Quad Citian families in the organization’s refugee resettlement program.
Funded by Bechtel Trusts, Scott County Regional Authority, the Putnam Museum Guild and numerous private donors and Trustees, the project is the first of its scale since the museum’s opening of a Science Center in 2014.The construction project expands access within the facility, connecting the theater lobby to the Putnam’s 1960s structure that houses the museum’s historic collection.
Exhibit admission is included in the price of general admission — $9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-18), seniors, college students and military. Through the Putnam’s new Museums for All program, admission is $1 per person for households (up to 2 adults and 3 children) with the presentation of an EBT card. Admission is free for members.
For more information, visit putnam.org/Exhibits/Featured/Colors-Of-Culture. For groups, or to plan your visit, call 563-324-1933.
About the Putnam
The Putnam Museum brings to life a sense of place, time and purpose to ignite human potential and inspire our diverse community to learn about and care for our world and all its people. For more than 150 years, guests have experienced the Putnam’s permanent exhibits like Unearthing Ancient Egypt as well as an array of programs. In more recent years, internationally recognized traveling exhibits have been among the museum’s offerings. The Putnam is dedicated to helping guests discover and explore in a friendly and engaging atmosphere.
For more information about events and exhibits, visit putnam.org.