Burpee Museum is a Place of Wonder! A face filled with wonder is a common sight at the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Our many unique exhibits have been known to intrigue both the young and old onlookers. Great detail and care goes into all of our exhibits , and there’s plenty to see for everyone!
We offer four areas on fossils, regional biology, Native American history, and geology. Our most famous exhibit features 'Jane', the T-rex star of "The Mystery Dinosaur." We offer numerous educational programs for school-age children, along with expeditions and a speaker series. Have your birthday party or host an event at Burpee! Don't forget about Paleofest, held in March every year.
It is the mission of Burpee Museum of Natural History to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation.
It is attached to Riverfront Museum Park, which holds the Discovery Center Museum and the Rockford Art Museum
Whenever we are in the Rockford area, and especially if we are visiting the Discovery Center next door, we try to make it a point to stop by. They have two great dinosaur exhibits -- one of Jane, a juvenile t-rex and the other of Homer, a triceratops. During our last visit, they had the Savage Ancient Seas exhibit which was a big hit with the kids because they were able to dig for fossils.
My boys also loved exploring the third floor -- it's where they house live animals like turtles and snakes. We were lucky enough to be there when they were feeding them, and the staff was kind enough to let us pet the turtles. They also have a little cove with books and toys for kids to learn more about dinos and other animals seen throughout the museum. This little nook also happens to overlook their green roof, the first in Rockford!
Bottom Line: A visit to the Burpee Museum is well worth the trip if you have dino lovers or if you happen to be next door at the Discovery Center. A great place to learn more about dinosaurs and also see a few animals.
My three girls age 3,5 and 7 find this very boring. The only part they like is the toddler room which is never open. They close it all the time. In the summer because they have camps, in the winter because they are short staffed. We do not enjoy this place and not worth the money.
Comment from Burpee of Burpee Museum of Natural History - January 04 2012
We appreciate you stopping by. We no longer have a "toddler room" (not sure what that is) but have been focusing on getting more hands-on material. the vending lounge is now open with live animals to see while you enjoy a snack or lunch. We also have a coloring table and lounge area on the third floor, which is a big hit for those with young children. We're always bringing in new things, so stop back by to check it out!
We stopped off for a couple of hours at the Burpee Museum of Natural History on the way to Iowa. It was a great way to break up the trip and see some exhibits we'd normally have to travel into Chicago to see.
We went to see Jane, a dinosaur exhibit, since we were studying dinosaurs at that time. It was really cool. The exhibit was made to be like a base camp for archeologists.
We also enjoyed seeing the viewing lab, where specimens are prepared for the Museum's collections and exhibits. Our next visit we will focus on the upper level's animal exhibit.
Neat thing to see: from the upper level you can look out and see the museum's "green" roof! It has plants growing on it!