Our goal at the Burpee Museum of Natural History is to fill faces with wonder. Our many unique exhibits have been known to intrigue visitors young, old and in-between...both onsite and virtually. Great detail and care goes into all of our exhibits, and there’s plenty to see for everyone! Make Burpee your destination for wonder!
It is the mission of Burpee Museum of Natural History to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation.
Burpee is sharing the history of the Earth with you! You will pick up fossils for you to identify and explore dating back to over 400 million years ago. Your fossil and rock pack may contain petrified wood from the Jurassic Utah site, crinoids from shallow seas that once covered our region, Cretaceous oysters, and more.
Cost: FREE with Burpee Museum Admission; FREE to members
2020 COVID-19 Update: Due to restrictions, Burpee is asking that you schedule your monarch pick-up date online or by phone. This will help our staff ensure proper social distancing during the exchange, and an appropriate amount of materials for your safety. Please note that masks are required by all guests and staff for this exchange.
Immerse yourself in the cold blooded world of reptiles and amphibians. The Survival of the Senses is the summer and fall’s temporary exhibit brought to you by Zilla! Featuring species from around the world, learn how reptiles and amphibians survive using their incredible senses! From 3 foot Tegu lizards with directional smelling and a forked tongue to an enormous Tortoise, you will meet amazing creatures and learn how they live.
Investigate the many survival mechanisms of our live and taxidermy specimens. This exhibit is at no extra charge to your general admission ticket. And as always, FREE FOR MEMBERS! This exhibit is open through December 2020.
Virtual Field Trips Now at Burpee
Standing in the shadow of a real dinosaur, or staring into the eyes of a living turtle make 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.
Burpee offers revamped field trips that are aligned to NGSS science expectations and opens the door to great non-fiction reading opportunities to improve literacy, critical thinking, and evidence based reasoning.
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Location & Hours
Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 North Main Street
Rockford, IL 61103
Monday - Sunday 10:00AM - 5:00PM
New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Museum General Admission
Adults 13 and Over: $10.00
Children 4 through 12: $8.00
Children up to 3: FREE