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New Years Around the World

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No late nights here! Use your passport to visit the different cultures, make lots of crafts, and welcome the New Year.

View traditional artifacts used in celebrations and discover animals from the far reaches of the world. These animals and artifacts are from Burpee Museum’s permanent collection and are seldom seen. Learn of New Year’s traditions from Rockford’s Sister Cities plus numerous other local ethnic groups, who will have displays of the geography and culture of their countries.

Join the hourly countdown welcoming 2018 as the sun travels the globe. We parade through the museum with hats and noise makers that the children have made celebrating 2018’s arrival to far flung places like Singapore, Dubai and Kenya. 

Pre-purchase tickets by phone at (815) 965-3433.

Subarea:Rockford Downtown

Burpee Museum - 737 N. Main St., Rockford, IL 61103 - From I-90 and E. State St. (US Business 20): west on Business 20 6.5 miles to IL 2 north (Wyman St., first street past the Rock River); right on IL 2 five blocks to the museum complex on the right side of the one-way street (N. Main St.). From the south, I-39: west on US 20 Bypass to IL 2 (S. Main St.); north on IL 2 through the downtown to the museum complex. Park in the Riverfront Museum parking lot or the Burpee Museum lot. An above-ground tunnel connects Riverfront Museum Park and Burpee Museum.

New Years Around the World
  • December 31, 2018
  • Burpee Museum of Natural History
  • $10 age 13 and older | $9 age 4-12 | $2 museum members | Free for children up to age 3