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Become a Burpee Member

Join Our Museum: Become A Member

Thank you for your support of Burpee by becoming a member and enjoying some AWESOME perks! 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 Types:

Family/Grandparent Options (more details below)

  • Basic Family Membership: $65
  • Museum Family Membership: $90
    • Includes ASTC Membership
    • Free admission passes to some classes
  • Museum Family Plus Membership: $100
    • Includes Above & Caregiver Membership
  • Museum Donor Family VIP Membership: $250
    • Includes Above & Private Scientist Tours

Educator and School Options

  • Basic Educator Membership: $70
    • Includes ASTC Membership
    • Free student passes, Free & Discounted resources for your class
  • Museum Educator Membership: $120
    • Includes above and video conferences
  • School-Wide Full School Membership: $450

Homeschool/Cohort Memberships

  • Basic Cohort Package: $90
  • Deluxe Cohort Package $200

Smaller Options

  • Dual Adult $60
  • Individual: $50
  • Student $20

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

All Members Get:
  • 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 Event
Membership Details: Family and Grandparent
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Family Memberships

Family Science Learning

Basic Family Membership: $65 Museum Family Membership: $90 Museum Family Plus Membership: $100 Museum Donor Family VIP Membership: $250

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Educator Memberships

Class & School Experiences

Basic Educator Membership: $70, Museum Educator Membership: $120, School-Wide Full School Membership: $450

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Students, Dual and Individual Adults

Expanding Learning for All Ages

Dual Adult $60 Individual: $50 Student $20

Membership Details: Family and Grandparent
Family/Grandparent Membership Options

Memberships are valid for one year.  Includes two adults with children within the household who are UNDER 18. Children 3 and under are always free.

  • Basic Family Membership: $65
    • Free general admission for one year (includes all members of the household children under 18)
    • 10% off gift shop purchases
    • Invitations to members only events and exhibit preview events
    • Discounts on classes and special events
    • Member e-newsletter
  • Museum Family Membership: $90
    • All of Basic Family PLUS...
    • ASTC Membership (reciprocal benefits and admission at museums around the country through the Association of Science & Technology Center)
    • Two general admission family passes to use with guests or give away ($72 value)
    • Two FREE admissions to Burpee classes such as Kidventures of ZooBabies ($25 value)
    • Print Member Magazine quarterly: Out of the Rock
  • Museum Family Plus Membership: $100
    • All of the Museum Family Membership PLUS...
    • Caregiver Admission card to be used by a grandparent, babysitter, nanny, etc. under your admission package
  • Museum Donor Family VIP Membership: $250
    • Includes all of the Museum Family Plus...
    • Behind the scenes tour with a scientist of your choice
    • Become a critical supporter of Burpee's accomplishments, growth, and victories!
    • Get updated communications about Burpee's programming and goals.
Membership Details: Educators
Educator & School Membership Options

Memberships are valid for one year.  

  • Basic Educator Membership: $70
    • Free general admission for one year (includes educator and a second named adult)
    • 10% off gift shop purchases
    • Invitations to members only events and exhibit preview events
    • Discounts on classes and special events
    • Burpee print magazine
    • Ten FREE admission student passes to Burpee Museum ($100 value)
    • Free access to teacher boxes for teacher check-out
    • One video conference with your students and a scientist if your choice (Paleontology, Biology, Anthropology) ($70 value)
  • Educator Museum Membership: $120
    • All of Basic PLUS...
    • Locked in reservation to the PaleoFest Student Symposium for your students
    • Special hands-on science classroom kit provided by Burpee Educators (including items such as fossils, animal hides, feathers, and other great hands-on specimens
  • Full School Membership: $450
    • Includes all Deluxe PLUS...
    • Free admission for ALL employed staff 
    • 20 Family Passes for free admission to use as giveaways, raffles, prizes, etc.) ($1,000 value)
    • "Burpee On-Site" at your events for a minimum of 30 min and a maximum of 5 hours.  (can be split between multiple events)
    • Up to 5 hands on kits to be used for classrooms (may be different topics)
    • Two Zoom interviews with a Scientist in a field of your choice
Membership Details: Homeschool/Cohort
Homeschool/Cohort Membership Options:

Memberships are valid for one year.

  • Basic Cohort Membership: $90
    • Free general admission and to most special events for all cohort children and adults for up to 6 visits per year (max group size: 10)
    • 10% off gift shop purchases
    • Discounts on classes and special events
    • Burpee print magazine
  • Deluxe Cohort Package: $200
    • Includes Basic (but with max group size 30 for admission) PLUS...
    • One video conference with your students and a scientist ($70 value)
    • 3 guided tours and 3 workshops (each tour and workshop must be on same date)
    • Free access to museum check-out kits (advance registration required, quantities limited)