Burpee Museum of Natural History

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Burpee Museum of Natural History

Burpee Museum of Natural History
4.5
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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Debbie
Phoenix, AZ8 contributions
Very interesting
Jun 2021
Two other ladies and myself went on an afternoon outing. The museum is a nice size to be able to walk around and see everything easily and not feel rushed.
Written July 2, 2021
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Cindy S
Saint Clair Shores, MI19 contributions
Amazing Displays
May 2021
We were totally surprised by the quality and depth of the displays in this museum. Their knowledge and work with dinosaurs make this a step above other museums of this type. Kids will love the first and third floors. If pressed for time, skip the second floor although the information on rocks and soil is informative for adults..
Written June 19, 2021
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drag0nfli
Madison, WI8 contributions
Fun small museum
Jan 2020 • Family
We stopped here fir a couple of hours in town overnight for a competition. It was a fun stop in winter. It was pretty empty and we had the place to our selves due to the winter time frame, but perfect by us! My 111yr old liked the exhibits and we perused for a couple hours the dinos and rocks. Parking was easy and free. The museum is located on a river walk which would be nice in warmer months. The place is clean, nice bathrooms. Cool dino exhibits. It is not overly large, but nice for what they have on the 3 floors. So live animals on one floor, nothing fancy. Little kids will definently love. I would bring my younger boys back for a future visit.
Written January 15, 2020
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Julie G
Chicago, IL83 contributions
Wonderful Dinosaur and reptile museum for kids and adults!
Jan 2020 • Family
Wow! Great museum on the river in Rockford. We loved all the exhibits and videos. Very informative, hands on and fun for kids and adults. Big rooms with beautiful dino collections, fish, bats, and reptiles. Many coloring stations and activities for kids. The live reptile and amphibian area is very clean and well cared for. Also a good bug and insect area. And even a nice couple rooms, devoted to Native Americans. They have a gift shop and meeting rooms- even rent out for weddings and events.
Written January 8, 2020
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Stewart D
7 contributions
We enjoied the dinosaur "Sue" but it was expensive.
May 2019
Accidently posted the review for this place in the space for the other one. The old bones were nice, but there was too much walking and it was too expensive for a poor old Geezer like me to take the grand kids.
Written January 5, 2020
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SeeingTheWorld56
Dubuque, IA38 contributions
Enjoyed as a lay person
Oct 2019
I'm far from scientific, but I still enjoyed this fascinating museum. Good signs to explain the exhibits so it's easy to do on your own. My husband hoped to find some good books in the gift shop but it is geared to children so he had to leave empty-handed. From what I could tell, this is a heck of a museum for those dinosaur fossil lovers out there. We spent about 1.5 hours there which is the minimum that ought to be allowed for seeing it. Spend more time if you've got it.
Written October 5, 2019
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Jeff G
Rockford, IL13 contributions
Interesting and informative
Aug 2019 • Family
I have been going to The Burpee Museum of Natural History since long before it moved into the new building next door and I have never been disappointed in the quality of the information and displays available. I recently brought my young daughter to the Live Reptile Exhibit and she enjoyed it immensely also the staff on hand were very helpful with all of our questions. I definitely plan on many more return visits.
Written September 3, 2019
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mnsparky
Minneapolis, MN111 contributions
Great exploration of Dinosaur types across time
Aug 2019 • Solo
What a surprise to find all of the research and discoveries on display here in the heartland. So many fine examples of material unearthed from out in the Montana Wyoming area. Earth's history tracked starting 4.5 or 4.6 billion years old life begins with single-cell bacteria and blue-green algae. Later multicellular life appears- worms, jellyfish and seaweed.
Cambrian period- 500 million years ago animals evolve with hard protective coverings. Trilobites brachiopods and fish. Groups of marine and vertebrates also appear.
Triassic period-225 million years ago first dinosaurs, peterosaurs, mammals and turtles appear.
65 million years ago dinosaurs became extinct- suddenly!
55 million years ago mammals take over after the dinosaurs are gone. Within 15 million years mammals of all kinds had taken over many of the territory dinosaurs once occupied.
Quanternary period- 1.8 million years ago first humans, Mammoth, Mastodon, saber-toothed cats and giant ground sloths are common. What fun to soak in the history.

Written August 26, 2019
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Bruce A
Washington DC, DC367 contributions
The Little Museum that Could
Jul 2019 • Couples
Famous paleontologist Robert Bakker allegedly said that the Burpee Museum is "pound for pound, the best natural history museum in the country". That's the best description of this place I've ever heard. It's tiny and there are only a few exhibits, but most of them pack a big punch.

The stars here are two juvenile dinosaurs: a T-Rex named Jane and a Triceratops named Homer. Jane is actually one of the most controversial dinosaur fossils of all time. Some people think that Jane isn't a young T-Rex, but rather an adult of a smaller species called Nanotyrannus. The museum firmly takes the position that Jane is a T-Rex, as do I, but if you research the Nanotyrannus debate online before coming here you'll have a deeper appreciation of the special little dinosaur you are looking at. The room that Homer is in is a great example of how this museum packs so much into so little. Homer's room is the size of my living room, but contains a wealth of information and a dozen dinosaur skulls.

One nice thing this museum did is tell me about other attractions nearby. For example, this museum taught me that Beattie Park just 4 blocks away has Indian mounds. It also taught me about Castle Rock State Park less than an hour away. Neither of those items were originally on my itinerary, but I saw both of them after visiting the Burpee Museum.

When I came here in the summer, the museum was full of kid volunteers (no older than 13 or so) who were being used as docents. They seemed very knowledgeable, and many of them were showing the place to much younger kids. What a great program for kids that must be.
Written July 16, 2019
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Derek S
Providence, RI4 contributions
kids loved it but short
Jul 2019 • Family
This was a cool place if you like Dino's, but it is friggin short short. Not super expensive but still you have to pay and you can look at everything in like an hour. Gift shop is reasonable priced and has some cool stuff. Two bad things are size and they have a cool tortuous that they have on a tile floor. The poor guy slips every other step and slams to the ground. That is messed up. All this being said, if you have kids check it out as it is right next to the kids museum.
Written July 3, 2019
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM