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Nicholas Conservatory - Simply Spring: Butterfly Exhibit
March 19, 2016 - May 15, 2016
Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Times: Tuesdays-Fridays 9:00am-5:00pm | Saturdays-Sundays 10:00am-3:00pm | Closed Mondays
Inside the Conservatory, experience the magical world of butterflies by visiting a special butterfly house where you will be surrounded by live butterflies exploring a tropical environment. Guests can experience what it's like to be among hundreds of native butterflies, including Monarchs, Painted L...


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Museums and History

What does a dinosaur named Jane, a children's discovery museum, a turn-of-the-century village and museum center, and a rare example of Victorian "exotic" architecture have in common?

Rockford, of course. Our fine list of museums and Rockford attractions will capture the attention of any history buff. From Rockford's newest - and oldest - dinosaur (named Jane) at Burpee Museum of Natural History to the more than 250 hands-on children's exhibits at the Discovery Center Museum, you can truly spend your day in Rockford's downtown River District learning, listening, dissecting and discovering.



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Discovery Center Museum

Discovery Center Museum
(815) 963-6769
711 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103

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Experience a world of hands-on investigation and fun-filled exploration at this children's museum with more than 250 hands-on art and science exhibits, planetarium, TV studio, special events, traveling exhibits and entertaining classes for children and families. Tot Spot for toddlers. Plus Discovery... MORE INFO

Booker Washington Community Center
(815) 968-8861
524 Kent St.
Rockford, IL 61102

Booker Washington Community Center's mission is to provide an environment that promotes the quality of life, values and the welfare of the People of o... MORE INFO

Burpee Museum of Natural History
(815) 965-3433
737 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103

Come explore Burpee Museum and its award-winning exhibits such as Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur, and explore the history of the young T. rex skeleton foun... MORE INFO

Bushnell Wheeler House

Bushnell Wheeler House
(815) 389-1514
542 Wheeler Ave.
South Beloit, IL 61080

Completed in 1856 for Reverend Alexander Montgomery, the agent for the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, this Italianate Villa has... MORE INFO

Camp Grant Museum
(815) 395-0679
1004 Samuelson Rd.
Rockford, IL 61109

Memorabilia of Rockford's Camp Grant, U.S. Army induction and training camp during World Wars I and II. The museum, an original building of Camp Grant... MORE INFO

Cherry Valley Historical Society Museum
(815) 332-5200
101 E. State St.
Cherry Valley, IL 61016

The Cherry Valley Historical Society, housed in the original Village Hall, features information on the Village, which was first settled in 1835 and in... MORE INFO

Erlander Home Museum
(815) 963-5559
404 S. 3rd St.
Rockford, IL 61104

The cultural centerpiece of Rockford's Swedish-ancestry community, Erlander Home Museum is located in Rockford's first brick home, built by John and I... MORE INFO

Ethnic Heritage Museum

Ethnic Heritage Museum
(815) 962-7402
1129 S. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61101

Six nationalities that helped shape the cultural region are represented in this home museum, built in 1850. Located in the heart of the old water powe... MORE INFO

Historic Auto Attractions
(815) 389-7917
13825 Metric Dr.
Roscoe, IL 61073

More than just a display of historic automobiles, it's a journey through time! Over 75 historic autos displayed in 36,000 sq. ft., including the world... MORE INFO

Indian Hill Manor and Farm
(815) 964-6464
6901 Kishwaukee Rd.
Rockford, IL 61109

Indian Hill Manor and Farm Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and stands majestically above the Rock and Kishwauk... MORE INFO

Keeling-Puri Peace Plaza
N. Perryville Rd.
0.25 mi. south of E. Riverside Blvd.
0.5 mi. west of I-90/39
Loves Park, IL 61111

Dedicated to peace, tranquility and celebrating diversity and heritage this 2.5-acre park near I-90/39 and Riverside Blvd. showcases 40 flags, 30 lang... MORE INFO

Laurent House Museum
(815) 877-2952
House is located at 4646 Spring Brook Rd.
All tours begin at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford 61107
Rockford, IL 61107

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Laurent House in Rockford, Illinois is the only building ever designed by the famed architect for a person with a disability. Ken... MORE INFO

Macktown Living History Education Center
(815) 624-4200
2221 Freeport Rd.
PO Box 566
Rockton, IL 61072

Built in 1834 on the Pecatonica River by fur trader Stephen Mack, one of the area's first settlers. See the walnut cradle Mack made for his children, ... MORE INFO

Midway Village Museum
(815) 397-9112
6799 Guilford Rd.
Rockford, IL 61107

The museum campus consists of a Victorian village with 26 historical buildings filled with artifacts of the era as well as several beautiful 19th cent... MORE INFO

Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle

Paulson's Agriculture Museum of Argyle
(815) 885-3846
6950 Belvidere Rd.
Caledonia, IL 61011

"Home of the largest and best collection of farm equipment and antiquities of yesteryear." Over 700 cast iron implement seats, fifty antique tractors,... MORE INFO

Riverfront Museum Park
(815) 972-2800
711 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103

Arts and humanities complex housing Discovery Center Museum, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford Dance Company office and studios, Northern Illinois Public ... MORE INFO

Rockford Art Museum
(815) 968-2787
711 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103

Rockford Art Museum has been enriching the quality of life in the Rockford Region since 1913 through a permanent collection, frequent exhibitions and ... MORE INFO

Rockford Auto Museum
(815) 977-3478
518 Walnut St.
Rockford, IL 61104

The Rockford Auto Museum features 30 awesome muscle cars and drag cars from the 60s, 70s and 80s. The gift shop offers neon signs, metal signs and t-s... MORE INFO

Rockton Township Historical Society Museum

Rockton Township Historical Society Museum
(815) 624-8200
529 Green St.
Rockton, IL 61072

"I remember that," "Grandma had one of those." These are comments made by visitors to the Rockton Township HIstorical Society museum. Learn more about... MORE INFO

St. Mary's Church Grotto
(815) 965-5971
518 Elm St.
Rockford, IL 61102

People from everywhere come to St. Mary's Grotto to meditate and pray in its dimly lighted, cool, rock-like setting. The Grotto is modeled after the S... MORE INFO

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens
(815) 964-2424
411 Kent St.
Rockford, IL 61102

Tinker Swiss Cottage is a historic house museum located in the heart of Rockford, Illinois. The museum complex contains the historic house museum, bar... MORE INFO

Veterans Memorial Hall
(815) 969-1999
211 N. Main St.
Rockford, IL 61101

Dedicated in 1903 in ceremonies that included a speech by Teddy Roosevelt, Memorial Hall is a tribute to Rockford citizens who have served in the Arme... MORE INFO

Vintage Spokes Motorcycle Museum

Vintage Spokes Motorcycle Museum
(815) 877-2453
4560 Shepherd Trail
Rockford, IL 61103

Vintage Spokes Museum opened in the fall of 2006. It was a private collection of motorcycles and memorabilia that is now open to the public. The colle... MORE INFO

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