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Burpee Museum of Natural History

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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 found by Burpee Museum researchers in the badlands of Montana, called one of the ten most important dinosaur discoveries in the past 100 years. Burpee Museum also features Homer, a sub-adult or "teen-age" Triceratops! Homer was found in the Montana Badlands by Burpee volunteers, just like Jane. Visitors can view his skull and see Burpee staff members working on his bones in the lab.

In addition to Jane and Homer, families can also experience four floors of engaging exhibits. Windows to Wilderness focuses on the nature of the Rock River Valley, and Burpee's Green Roof is the first rooftop garden in Rockford. Other exhibits include a Woolly Mammoth skeletal cast, Pennsylvanian coal forest with simulated thunderstorms, Native American exhibit with full-sized dwellings, Geoscience, and a viewing lab where visitors can watch Burpee Museum staff work on specimens from the museum’s collections and recent dinosaur discoveries.

Don't miss Burpee Museum's annual PaleoFest in March.

Meeting Amenities
  • Admission: Museum General Admission: Adults 13 and older: $10 | Children age 3 through 12: $9 | Children up to age 3: FREE | Members: FREE | Donation Day: Contact museum for more information: 815.965.3433
  • Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 10:00am-5:00pm | Closed Mondays
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  • Brief History/Description: Burpee Museum is a unique place to host your next party, lecture, or meeting! We have rooms that can accommodate up to 100 people, or for those big events, you can rent out the entire museum! Burpee can make your event anything but ordinary.
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Facility Info
  • Largest Room 1500
  • Number of Rooms 5