Burpee Reimagined Members Only

September 16, 2021

Members ONLY Exhibit Party at 5pm

We invite you to an after-hours members only Burpee Reimagined Exhibit Party.  We are celebrating our growth, despite challenges!

What Happened?
Burpee is proud of our growth.

COVID-19 caused a forced closure, two different times, and an unfortunate reduction in staff by 84%.  Yet Burpee's team kept running full speed ahead!  We launched virtual exhibit tours, and serviced over 16,000 learners for FREE with grant based virtual tours and classes. 

New Exhibits

This year, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources Grant (IDNR) was completed allowing us to reimagine and create new exhibits.  Burpee utilized the forced COVID closures to accelerate construction on exhibits.  While COVID issues such as material shortages, vendor shut downs, and social distancing caused delays, the project was completed.  Thanks to support such as funding from generous donors, and the unending support of our Board of Trustees, and the kindness of our members , we had the extra push to cross the finish line with 3 brand new exhibits and 4 reimagined and renovated exhibits! In addition, Burpee leveraged a huge pre-COVID gift of taxidermy from East Africa and a relationship with scientists and artists in Tanzania to build a new temporary exhibit!

Massive Flooding

A February flood, due to an exploded pipe in the 2nd floor fire suppression system, caused massive water damage.  We found our gift shop merchandise floating down the hallway, waterfalls flowing on the stairs, and a "rainstorm" in collections: Burpee incurred massive damage to three floors of the museum. That didn't stop the team. We used the forced closure, and necessary repairs, as a growth opportunity! The team jumped into painting, replacing items, and growing more. We are so excited to show off the results of all our hard work.

Member Only Event Details

September 16

Members Exhibit Party

We invite you to an after-hours members only exhibit party on Thursday September 16th, 2021 from 5-8pm. We are celebrating our reimagined look, and new exhibits with you!

Special Activities:
  • Cash Bar from Prairie Street (21+ Members get FREE drink ticket)
  • Light snacks
  • Tours with our directors
  • Special members only "digging deeper" stations
  • Silent Auction featuring special items from Tanzania and Kenya
  • Childcare option in game/craft room provided by our Burpee Education staff
  • Children crafts and activities about East Africa

Please RSVP to reserve your spot

Notice: Current membership required for attendance.

What Has Changed?
See Burpee Reimagined

Visit a new and updated lobby, reimagined gift shop, and new exhibits:

  • NEW Ice Age Illinois Exhibit
  • NEW Geology Exhibit
  • NEW Jurassic Exhibit
  • NEW East African Exhibit
  • Ordovician Sea Update
  • Coal Forest Update
  • Mazon Creek Update
  • SPROUTS Children's Room Update
  • Devonian Exhibit Update
  • Reimagined Lobby with new elephant skull
  • Reimagined Gift Shop
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