Fish print fossils

National Fossil Day!

Fossil Day 2021

Come celebrate National Fossil Day and watch history come to life on Saturday, October 16th!

Touch and feel specimens from our collections, like ammonites and trilobites, while learning about their unique history to Illinois and the world! We'll have make-and-take crafts and a raffle opportunity to win cool new prizes! You can even experience a special sneak peak in our collections with our paleontologists to see the behind-the-scenes action of fossil care! Don't forget to attend our workshop for some hands-on fossil fun!

Schedule of Events

Booths will be located around the museum all day with fun make-and-take crafts and unique fossils from our paleontology collections!

10am Raffle Begins

10:30am-11:30am Burpee Museum Collections Tour

11am - 12pm Fossil Footprints Workshop 

12:30pm-1:30pm Burpee Museum Collections  Tour

2:00pm-3:00pm Fossil Footprints Workshop

3:30pm-4:30pm Burpee Museum Collections Tour

4:45pm Raffle Winners Announced

Admission Prices

General Public Adult (ages 13 & up): $14

General Public Youth (Ages 4-12): $12

General Public Child (Ages 3 & Under): Free

Members: Free


Not A Member? Join the Burpee family today to earn awesome perks like free admission to the museum, reduced admission to classes and workshops, a discount in our gift shop, and more!

Additional Fossil Fun!

Fossil Footprint Workshop

Ever wondered how fossils are formed? Join us and find out in this workshop! We'll examine the different types of fossils found all over the world like petrified wood, ammonite, and even bones by feeling fossils and making our own imprints!

More than just bones, animals, and wood, Humans made fossils too! We'll learn about the Laetoli footprints of Tanzania and see what fossils our own feet would leave behind!

Workshop Schedule:



Workshop admission:

General Public: $10/participant

Members: $5/participant


*This workshop is ideal for children ages 4-10, but fun for any age!*

Pre-Register for Fossil Footprints!


Collections Tour

Walk through Burpee's vast fossil collections with one of our staff Paleontologists! See Jane's REAL skull and our Ninja Turtles, learn about current research, and get a glimpse into our cabinets full of fossils!

*Tours are limited to 10 individuals per tour.*

Collections Tour Schedule:





Collections Tour Admission:

General Public: $5/person

General Public Family/Group: $20

Members: $1/person

Members Family/ Group: $5


Pre-Register for a Collections Tour!