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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 4, 2015
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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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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Rockford, Illinois
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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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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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8 helpful votes 8 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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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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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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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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