Burpee on the Rocks

Saturday, September 21

Join us for a night of elegance and excitement: Burpee Museum’s premier fundraiser.  This upscale evening gala is the perfect blend of sophistication and fun, offering a unique opportunity to support the museum while enjoying an unforgettable night out.

Music on the Rock

Get ready to rock the riverfront every Wednesday this summer (6/5-8/21) with Music on the Rock at Burpee Museum of Natural History!  Kick back on the banks of the Rock River and soak up the sun while enjoying FREE live music in our outdoor theater. 

Dive into sensory sensation every Wednesday with us! Join the fun and let’s explore together!

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!


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.