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Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
815.965.3433
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Ranked #6 of 19 Attractions in Rockford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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