Join us as Burpee Museum celebrates 25 years of PaleoFest, with research talks from paleontologists around the world, and special activities and programming!
Dino-lovers, rock collectors, and fossil diggers unite for an internationally attended festival. Our audience includes scientists and researchers, aspiring scientists, students, and paleo-lovers, and even dino-loving kiddos! Many of the talks will focus on our speakers' cutting edge research and amazing new discoveries.
Not Just for Professional Scientists
Students, interested community members, and aspiring scientists are encouraged to join the experts as they share stories, research, and experiences. It is a great opportunity to make connections and become inspired!
Not ready for the lectures? Families can still enjoy hands-on workshops, lectures for children, and activities for families throughout our museum...paleo science is presented in a fun, big way.
Bring your best dino roar and paleo costume, and jump into so many fun ways to win contests. Learn about prehistoric animals and explore the halls of Burpee!
Note: Children ages 4-12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Preregistration may be done online through eventbrite, or by calling Burpee's visitor services department (815-965-3433). Walk-ins are welcome to attend as well.
Additional parking will be available at the Goodwill located at 850 N Church St, Rockford, IL 61103
Doors open at 8am Saturday & Sunday. Breakfast and lunch will be available for purchase from Mary's Market.
Preregister for this special event!
General Admission, A La Cart, PaleoPackages, Dinner Tickets, & Lecture Tickets
Sponsor PaleoFest 2023
Help Make 2023 A Success
Reach a large group of local families, scientists, and many from abroad!
Special learning, exhibit tours, and activities throughout the museum. Add-on workshops, classes, and more!
Talks about cutting edge Paleo Research. Students, interested community members, and aspiring scientists are encouraged to join the experts!
Dr. Steve Brusatte
Join us for a special event just for members!
A wonderful dinner with other science enthusiasts and museum supporters!
Meet the Scientists
Opening up the research conversation for K-12 budding scientists!
Need to reserve a hotel room?
Burpee Museum has partnered with Holiday Inn to reserve hotel rooms for this special event! Room rate is $90 per night and registration will close one month before PaleoFest. Note: The link does not work on mobile devices.
Location: Holiday Inn 7550 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61108
Science Talks & Lectures
Check out our lecture passes! There will be different speakers on Saturday and Sunday with a full slate of awesome research. You can purchase a one day pass or the full weekend day pass. All lecture passes include general admission to the full museum.
A special paleo celebration dinner and research talk features our keynote presenter. The keynote is not included in the day lecture pass. Best Deal = PaleoPackage. This gets you all the daytime speakers plus the keynote and dinner.
Just Stopping By
With a general admission only ticket, you will enjoy a museum full of awesome exhibits plus several special PaleoFest-only stations and temporary interactive exhibits.
Enhance your Family Visit
Walking through the museum on PaleoFest is very special, but upgrade your fun with a hands-on workshop! Geared at paleo-loving youth, these workshops feature science experimentation, activities, small group learning, art training, and even a family friendly research lecture from one of our visiting scientists. Don't miss the variety of these special add-on.
About Burpee Museum's PaleoFest
Since 1999, PaleoFest has become an internationally recognized and respected program that celebrates the science of Paleontology. PaleoFest is an exemplar program to excite, educate, and inspire all people in science. This 3-day event includes many educational programs and activities for all levels of interest in paleontology. Each year, PaleoFest attracts nearly 2,000 visitors and some of the biggest names in the field.