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New Years Around the World

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Celebrate by making New Year noisemakers, crowns, and wands! Join us counting down to the hourly leaf drop and parade, listening to songs and watching dance performances.

Try new traditions yourself, learn a new dance, or come face to face with a live animal from the country of your choice. Pet a tegu from Argentina, watch the eyes of a chameleon from Yemen, or examine a gecko from Madagascar.

Guests receive a passport for collecting stamps as they visit the various cultures and participate in many special event activities. Don’t miss the performances of dancing from around the world including Folklorica, Krakowiaczek Polish Dancers, the Swedish Historical Society Lucia Choir, and the Sterling Quartet, and many more!

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, 2019
  • Burpee Museum of Natural History
  • General Public: $10 Adults, $8 Children | Members: Free admission