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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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It's a pretty good museum.

The dinosaur skeletons and replicas are very cool. Lots of fossils. The traveling exhibit that is up right now is deep sea prehistoric things. Although it is very cool to see how... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Rockford, Illinois
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174 reviews 174 reviews
45 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The dinosaur skeletons and replicas are very cool. Lots of fossils. The traveling exhibit that is up right now is deep sea prehistoric things. Although it is very cool to see how big some of those sea creatures were, I think a whole extra $5 per person is a little steep just to be able to go in that room... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This museum is so small, that you can actually talk to the staff and they will try to answer you with the answer you want. If they don't know it, they will find out. They're famous for Jane the juvenile T-Rex , but they are always adding, adding, adding. 3 floors of displays and all very interesting. Enjoy

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Rockford, Illinois
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65 reviews 65 reviews
34 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This place is definitely full of grand dinosaurs and awesome finds but I can't justify the fee, we go on free days and enjoy it all in a relaxing environment as we are homeschoolers and it's usually quiet on free days during the school year. We love to read about their excavations and learn so much but as I said,... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We are fortunate to have Jane the juvenile T-Rex and other rcent finds by our local museum. People come from around the world to see Jane. She has been featured on the Discover Channel.

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Rockford IL
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
93 helpful votes 93 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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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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