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Burpee Museum of Natural History

Address: 737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
Phone Number: 815.965.3433
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Ranked #5 of 15 Attractions in Rockford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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Type: Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Rockford IL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Was much better than expected. Has the worlds most complete Juvenile T-REX! We enjoy museums, but some can be overkill. This one was just perfect, it took about 2 hours to go through and didn't have a headache when done. Some real sweet authentic displays, our favorite was the T-rex skeleton (yes its not a copy, but the REAL one)... More 

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136 reviews 136 reviews
67 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

First off - I think get the right age range. There are 2 wonderful attractions right next door to each other... See... I've been here a couple of times. When my kids were small, we always went to the next door Discovery World (children's museum) which kept them occupied for many hours. Since it was so hands on - and... More 

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KC
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We toured this museum shortly after it had opened. It had a lot of nice natural displays. It is conveniently attached (pretty much) to the Discovery Center. Great place to take kids.

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Poplar Grove, IL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fossils, rocks, skeletons, dinosaurs! Haven't we all been interested in those at some time in our lives? Burpee has an exceptional collection of all those things and much more in very user-friendly, well documented exhibits. The museum is just the right size to enjoy and explore without being overwhelmed or bored by too much stuff. Partnered with a visit to... More 

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Dekalb
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I can see how this place would be good for older kids but not the best place for toddlers. My son is 3 and even though I explained things to him and he liked some of the animals and of course Jane, he really just wanted to run around. I should have taken him to a park instead. I just... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Love the brio trains, electric exhibits and lots of farm equipment to sit with. Stairs are a little challenging but great flow to go see the dinosaurs and lots of other exhibits, can do a full day with my grand kids

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

A little hard to find for visitors not familiar with the area (follow the signs to the Riverfront Museum Park), but worth the drive. I was expecting a small local museum, but was surprised by the number and quality of their exhibits, especially their nearly complete dinosaur skeletons. Also displays I didn't expect, including Indian mounds, local flora and fauna... More 

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Belvidere, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

If you love paleontology and lots of other great scientific biological history, you're gonna love Jane and her friends! Dinosaur skeletons and lots of groovy fossilized life forms await your visit to this above average museum! I'm so glad I live nearby so we can visit at least once a year!

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Lanark, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

My science geek friend and I recently stopped in at the Burpee to take in the Megalodon display. Although a bit pricey for the entrance fee and special exhibit (it can't be cheap to keep up regular exhibits and bring in new ones to try to stay competitive with larger city museum offerings), it was totally worth it! The Megalodon... More 

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Rockford, IL
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This museum would make me pine for the Museum of Natural History in Chicago but there isn't anything to pine over. Again, not worth the price of admission. Make sure you get in for free and you will not be disappointed.

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