Music on the Rock

Music on the Rock is a free music event on select summer Wednesdays on the banks of the Rock River at Burpee Museum of Natural History. The outdoor theater provides a spectacular location for relaxing and enjoying food and drink with friends and family. Join us from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm for a-rockin’ good time!

Unleash Your Inner Paleontologist!

Be a part of Burpee Museum’s Dinosaur Quarry Dig Expedition this May & June 2024! 


Backpacking With Burpee!

Formed from a brand new partnership with the Forest Preserves of Winnebago County, Burpee welcomes you to join us for a new class series Backpacking With Burpee!


Trash Bash! With Forest Preserves of Winnebago County

Join the FPWC and our Burpee crew out at Blackhawk Springs to celebrate Earth Day and to find out more about the new class series Backpacking with Burpee!


Welcome School Groups!

In-Person & Virtual Trips Now @ Burpee!

Standing in the shadow of a real dinosaur, or staring into the eyes of a living turtle makes the trip into our museum something children remember for years to come! Plan your upcoming visit to Burpee with a large variety of new options.

Promotions & Events

Current Exhibits


Diary of a Dinosaur


Ice Age in Illinois

Carboniferous Era

Coal Forest


The Earth Below Your Feet

Sprouts Learning Lab

A Child-Friendly Exhibit of Exploration


Homer's Odyssey

Scientists at Work!

Talk to scientists at the open window at the viewing lab

Donate To Burpee Natural History Museum

During this unprecedented time of COVID-19 limited attendance, limited classes, and loss of income, Burpee has a great need for your support.
Today we need your help more than ever to keep the doors open for our community. Your gift’s impact can change our future.