Homer's Odyssey:
From the Badlands to Burpee

Homer's Odyssey is the product of more than eight years of work—from the discovery of the first bones in the badlands near Ekalaka, Montana, to the preparation and reconstruction of the fossils in the Burpee lab, and finally the development of a new, permanent exhibit. Homer, Burpee's "teen-aged" Triceratops, is ready for his story to be told. - See more at www.homerexhibit.com

Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur

After years of preparation, Jane, the world's most complete and best preserved juvenile T. rex is on display as the centerpiece of a captivating exhibit at Burpee Museum, Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur. Come discover what happened during the 66 million years she lay buried, visit the expedition's Montana base camp, and view Jane's fully restored 21-foot skeleton.

Traveling Exhibits- Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived

Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived will be making its Midwestern debut at Burpee Museum of Natural History on February 1, 2014 and will run through April 29, 2014. This traveling exhibit highlights the evolution, biology and misconceptions of Megalodon, an enormous prehistoric shark that once swam the world’s oceans. The Megalodon shark is related to the modern great white and mako sharks and was a dominant marine predator for 15 million years before it vanished 2 million years ago. Designed by the Florida Museum of Natural History, this consuming exhibit conveys research findings of Florida Museum paleontologists, and showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several collections.

Featuring a 60-foot-walk-through Megalodon sculpture, fossil specimens, full-scale shark models, interactives and artifacts, this exhibit emphasizes the public’s fascination with sharks as ambassadors for science and conservation.

In addition to the features of Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, the Rockford Aquarium and Rockford Reefers will be partnering with Burpee Museum of Natural History to provide a live fish tank with clown fish, other exotic fish, and beautiful corals. LEARN MORE  

Carboniferous Coal Forest

State-of-the-art technology is combined to create a two-story tall prehistoric coal forest. Thrill to the thunder and lightning of a sudden tropical rainstorm as you explore Rockford's local landscape, insects and amphibians as they existed 300 million years ago.

The Ordovician Sea

What did Rockford look like millions of years ago? Here's a hint: you'd need your bathing suit! Discover the ancient sea that covered this region and see fossils of the critters who called it home long before we did.


Visit the second level to learn how our earth was formed and the forces still at work shaping our planet today. Exhibits on economic, world and regional geology all explore the world before us and where we are now. See extraordinary displays of unusual rocks, gems, and minerals as well as information on plate tectonics, land formations, and more!

The First People

Your trip through time continues with the history of Native Americans in North America. The First People features a full-size wigwam and tipi, an American Bison, and a dugout canoe that you can climb into! Learn about many different Native Americans like the Plains, Southwest, and Great Lakes Indians. Make sure to visit the video kiosk on your way out to learn what it's like to live in a wigwam, hear Native American stories, and watch a Pow Wow.

Windows to Wilderness

Focusing on the wildlife of the Rock River Valley, Windows to Wilderness offers a fun, interactive approach to the world around us. Prepare yourself to look at our environment through a new set of eyes as you explore this hands-on exhibit, encounter live animals and re-discover your own habitat!

Viewing Lab

The Viewing and Prep Lab is a window into how the Museum works. Located on the lower level, the viewing area's large glass windows reveal the biology and paleontology laboratories where specimens are conserved and prepared for the Museum's collections and exhibits. Burpee Museum maintains more than 100 thousand items in its permanent collection!