The Putnam Museum and Science Center, 1717 W. 12th St., Davenport, will host a “Gateway to Space Weekend” on June 12-13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event will feature the Iowa State University FLEx, a mobile learning program including virtual reality, 3D printing, augmented reality and more.

Putnam in Davenport Hosts “Gateway to Space Weekend” June 12-13

The 2015 documentary “Journey to Space 3D” is narrated by Patrick Stewart.

The weekend will include expert speakers including Dino Milani (Vice President of Popular Astronomy Club) and Dr. Paul Sipiera (Professor Emeritus of Geology and Astronomy from William Rainey Harper College).

Visitors outdoors will be able to explore the Popular Astronomy Club Mobile Observatory, while inside visitors will enjoy activities from the Popular Astronomy Club, Quad Cities Astronomical Society, ChalkBites VR, as well as the Putnam Education Team. With the purchase of movie tickets, space themed films will be available in the Putnam’s Giant Screen Theater.

“The Putnam ignites human potential and inspires our diverse community to learn about and care for our world,” Putnam president/CEO Rachael Mullins said. “This event does just that by sparking interest in STEM careers for youth and helping all visitors understand our place in the universe.”

This event is made possible thanks to NASA and The Iowa Space Grant Consortium. Event admission is included in the price of general admission — which will be $5 that weekend in celebration of QC Museum Week.

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.

Putnam in Davenport Hosts “Gateway to Space Weekend” June 12-13

Rachael Mullins is president/CEO of the Putnam Museum & Science Center.

The weekend film schedule is:

Saturday, June 12

10:30 a.m. – “Journey to Space 3D”
11:30 a.m. – “Into America’s Wild 3D”
12:45 p.m. – “Journey to Space 3D”
1:45 p.m. – “Apollo 11”
3 p.m. – “Hidden Universe 3D”
4:15 p.m. – “Into America’s Wild 3D”

Sunday, June 13

12:30 p.m. – “Journey to Space 3D”
1:30 p.m. – “Into America’s Wild 3D”
2:45 p.m. – “Apollo 11”
4 p.m. – “Into America’s Wild 3D”

The Putnam will continue to follow Scott County Health Department guidance on Covid-19 best practices, including continuing social distancing and face covering requirements.

“We’ll be monitoring our community’s vaccination rate and look forward to the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions over the coming weeks and months,” the museum website says.

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Putnam in Davenport Hosts “Gateway to Space Weekend” June 12-13
Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.