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Address: 737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
Phone Number: 815.965.3433
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A well done museum great for family and adults

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Columbus, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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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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Rockford, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

It's very small but the fossils are fun to look at. The current sea monster exhibit is neat and it brought a few fun activities for the little people to do like pretend archaeological digs and such. It's not the most interesting museum to visit but it's close to home and I learn something every time. They post their community... More 

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Marengo, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I learned more at this small museum than I have ever learned at the Field Museum. The model dinosaur heads were really impressive. In fact I found them a bit scary! The Montana expedition that discovered "Jane," the young (11-yr.-old) T. Rex., was from the Burpee along with volunteers from nearby Northern Illinois University. The wall display portraying the Life... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

For a small museum this is wonderful Bring you little ones if they like dinosaurs check out all the activities and in the basement there are people cleaning dinosaur bones as you watch

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Schaumburg, Illinois
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Ok so I paid to go here with a 12 year old. Boring. Not much to do. The entry room to the Field in Chicago has more to do and more of interest. Lots of stuffed animals. However if you like taxidermy go for it. I suggest you skip this and do something else. Mini-Golf? Wisconsin? New Glarus? Field Museum... More 

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Rockford, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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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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Additional Information about Burpee Museum of Natural History

Address: Address: 737 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103
Phone Number: 815.965.3433
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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