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Burpee Museum of Natural History

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Address: 737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
Phone Number: 815.965.3433
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Some good hands on activities. Good travel stop for a couple of hours for our five kids. The dinosaur Jane was a great start and the third floor natural habitat information was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Rockland, Wisconsin
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Rockland, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Some good hands on activities. Good travel stop for a couple of hours for our five kids. The dinosaur Jane was a great start and the third floor natural habitat information was a fun learning experience too. Loved that kids could touch and climb and be active.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Geologic time scales, dinosaurs, gems and rocks, special exhibits. The museum was interesting and we enjoyed it with our 10 year old.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Good, easy day trip for locals and visitors alike. There is great paleontology exhibits here - which are nationally known. Great skeletons to see - kids will be amazed and thrilled. The 2nd floor isn't as exciting as the first, but it's a good visit. Good history of settlers/life in Northern Illinois/the Midwest culture and native Americans. The setting along... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

This is a well designed and worthwhile experience for younger children. There are lots of hands on exhibits designed to engage their imagination. With our membership, we can visit often with the grandkids.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

This was our first trip to Burpee and our 3-month old son's first trip to a museum. The staff were very kind and receptive to our baby boy. Of course, he won't remember what he saw at the museum but we think it's good to introduce him to learning as early as possible. When he gets older we are sure... More 

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This was the first place my friends took me and my niece to when we went to Rockford. It was an amazing natural history museum that incorporated local history, geography, and wildlife with Jane the Teemage T-Rex, a display on triceratops, and deep sea creatures of prehistoric times (this was a traveling exhibit). Everything was very well kept and displayed.

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Columbus, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a very fine museum. We have passed signs for the museum as we headed either north or south on the tollway but always thought it was a "seed" or plant museum. Then we saw a TV show that included the Burpee Museum and featured its juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil. That section of the museum is fantastic. Another section... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This was a small but nice complement to the Discovery Center. Very much enjoyed the prehistoric sea creatures exhibit.

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Robinson, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

This is a very nice museum. Lots to see if you like wild life exhibits The kids will enjoy it and seeing the dinosaur.

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Rockford, Illinois, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We have a membership and love stopping by for short visits often, since there are usually no crowds to worry about. Great for people who are into dinos and fossils. Also good native American exhibit.

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