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Become a Burpee Member

Join Our Museum: Become A Member

Burpee Museum of Natural History is a world-renowned museum with an exceptional paleontology collection, fascinating biology exhibits, cultural and historical exhibits, and so much more.  Your membership provides vital financial support to helps us maintain our ongoing scientific research, and maintain a world-class museum in Rockford, while offering outstanding cultural programming and special events.  Burpee Members are true VIPs, enjoying special perks and becoming a part of the #BurpeeFamily.

Membership Levels:

Family/Grandparent: NOW ON SALE: $50

(Regular Price $70)

Dual Adult $60

Student $40

(senior, educator, and military discounts available; no additional discounts on family membership promotion deal)

Membership Perks

COVID-19 Special Perks:
  • For a limited time, members, and their guests, may attend private museum sessions on Monday through Thursday for no additional charge. 
  • Preregistration is necessary. Museum doors remain locked during your private audience with the exhibits.
Year Round Membership Perks:
  • Free general admission to Burpee Museum 
  • Discounted rates to most Burpee Museum programming and classes
  • Advance notice on all special events and cultural offerings
  • 10% discount on all merchandise in the Gift Shop
  • Free admission to Members’ Only Events
  • Membership to ASTC **  for free admission to many other United States Museums.  Note: Participating museums MUST be at least 90 miles away

** ASTC: Association of Science and Technical Center

Membership Details

Family/Grandparent Membership: $70

Memberships are valid for one year.  Includes two adults with children within the household who are UNDER 18.  A family caregiver/sitter pass can be added to the account for a small service charge of $10. Children 3 and under are always free.

Dual Adult Membership: $60

Memberships are valid for one year.  Includes two adults. Children 3 and under are always free.

Student Membership: $40

Memberships are valid for one year.  One student only.  Student must present a valid school ID card to qualify.


Teachers/Educators (10%) off any membership except student membership

Seniors (10%) off any membership 

Military (10%) off any membership

Membership Drive

Dear Burpee Community Supporter,

Thanks to your support, Burpee Museum of Natural History made great strides in financial stability, scientific research, and exhibits.  Because of people like you, Burpee is hip, challenging, exciting, and surging forward like never before! I hope you will continue to support the difference we are making in the Rockford community and beyond.

Your involvement makes Burpee innovative, fascinating, exciting and bold!

Your involvement has allowed us to offer scholarships to over 1,200 youth who would not otherwise be able to afford science experiences in our community: a 300% increase over last year.  Your support has allowed Burpee to develop innovative programs to include new hands-on workshops, new school outreaches, new expedition field programs, new early childhood classes, new museum exhibits and much more.  In 2018, over 80% of every dollar spent went directly to scientific and educational programming and exhibits.  Thank you!

Help us help kids belong to something scientific, hip, and happy!

Help us educate the next generation of scientists and teach them to love our ever-changing, natural, and puzzling Earth and all its inhabitants!  Your gift, will help kids of all backgrounds engage in something hands-on, natural, and 

captivating. Make your gift before December 31 and receive our Burpee Pollinator Kit which includes wildflower and milkweed seeds to sow something scientific, impactful, and gratifying in the spring!

Everyone can belong to something beautiful, evolving, ancient and new!

Thank you for being a critical part of the #BurpeeFamily.  Working together, we will cultivate awesome learning experiences. Please join us in sowing the way for Burpee to grow in 2020 by giving generously to the Annual Appeal.


Anne F. Weerda MSEd, MEd
Executive Director
Burpee Museum of Natural History

Give the Gift of SCIENCE!