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Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 North Main Street, Rockford, Illinois 61103 | 815.965.3433
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Type: Museums & Monuments, Guided Tours, Stores, Nature & Gardens, Animals, Interesting Neighborhoods, and Events & Shows
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $$
Hours of operation: 10am-5pm 7 days a week

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 expeiditions and a speaker series. Have your birthday party or host an event at Burpee! Don't forget about Paleofest, March 3-4, 2012 with Dr. Thomas Holtz and Dr. Scott  Sampson!

It is attached to the Discovery Center Museum, a children's museum, which offers a discount if you visit both on the same day.  
Donation days:
Jan-March 2012
Every Monday and Tuesday

2 Reviews for Burpee Museum of Natural History

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December 23 2010
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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!

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December 23 2010
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"Great way to see a dino!"

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!


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