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Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
815.965.3433
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Ranked #4 of 17 attractions in Rockford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Traveler Description: The Burpee Museum of Natural History is a small but interesting museum along the Riverfront in Rockford. One must see Jane, the young T-Rex, as well... more »
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Belvidere, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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9 helpful votes 9 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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New Milford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

There are museums and then there are museums. The Burpee not only had great exhibits, starting with Jane the T-Rex, but enough things to keep kids and adults interested and occupied. Terrific family exhibition.

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Rockford
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This was a great place to visit. There was so much information about the world in which we live in from the past to the present. If you love dinosaurs then you are going to love the dinosaur skeletons that they have there. And the displays are very informative. What they also feature are the different rock formations and what... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Good time with the family! My son loves dinosaurs, so it was a great time for him. It was easy to get around with the family.

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Chicago, Illinois
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226 attraction reviews
584 helpful votes 584 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

PROS: excellent new Homer the juvenile triceratops exhibit; the unique Jane the juvenile t-rex exhibit; current “Pirate” exhibit that is shared with Discovery Center. The Rick’s Picks exhibit they had a few months prior was also very interesting. CONS: none

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DeKalb, Illinois, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

My family has a membership to this museum because we just LOVE the dinosaurs! Great collection, but not too big or too crowded. 4 levels of fun. They just put in a new dino, which was lots of fun to see!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

This is a mid-sized museum, privately run with support from local park district.They are world renowned for their dinosaur research and collection, having discovered and prepared two of the most unique specimens in that field.Visitors are able to watch fossil preparation as it goes on.They also have a local Native American Hall and a small wildlife hall. Well worth price... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I have taken many trips here with Students. There is a wide range of history here. From dinosaurs to Indains, to fish, and animals. There Native American display includes housing, clothing, weapons, pottery, etc. They also have a diaorama of a swamp from the age of the dinosaurs. Of course the also have dinosaurs and wooly manmoth skeleton. They also... More

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