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Burpee Museum of Natural History

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Address: 737 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103-6966
Phone Number: 815.965.3433
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Museum did a great job of organizing a merit badge program. The class started and finished on time. Boys learned some new things. Nice job!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Museum did a great job of organizing a merit badge program. The class started and finished on time. Boys learned some new things. Nice job!

Thank ShadowB2011
Rockford, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have had a membership to the Burpee Museum for many years. When I have visitors from out of town this is a showpiece that I take them to in the Rockford area. They are always impressed by the quality of the exhibits and how friendly the staff is. Membership to this museum allows you access to other museums in... More 

Thank elmodowd
Peoria, Illinois
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We went to visit this museum on a whim not really knowing what to expect. What a lovely place we found! The Burpee Museum of Natural History is a great place to learn more about our state's past. The dinosaur fossil exhibit was spectacular. We enjoyed our visit very much.

Thank Saskia C
Roscoe, Illinois
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

So cool - my son basically grew up here and wanted to go constantly. Plenty to do and well worth the money, especially if you purchase the season pass and go every week :-)

Thank gina208
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

My, almost 5 year old, grandson loved this museum. Some interactive, some video and life size dinosaurs. 4 floors of great exhibits. A tunnel walk takes you to the other fantastic place for children of all ages- the Discovery Center. Discount if visiting both. Some days are "donation days" with free or discounted entry fees.

Thank Murna L
Chicago, IL
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

+ Tunnel connects this museum to the Children's Museum + Great museum of rainy or snowy days + Meet Jane, the dinosaur here! + More dinosaur display (triceratops and such); We bought our 1 year old here. She had fun looking at the dinosaur fossils but I think my husband and I had more fun learning about the different types... More 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The Burpee is all Jane. The Museum prize piece is Jane a 21 ft. teenage T-Rex. While she is the feature attraction the museum offers many other nice exhibits including nice displays of some of Jane's fellow dinosaurs, a history of mankind in North America, wildlife of the Rock River area and what earth has looked like in Rockford at... More 

Thank tmyankee15
Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

There is a wonderful dinosaur exhibit. Other exhibits show about how the earth has evolved. We visited on a rainy day in June; enjoyable time.

Thank Alan W
East Peoria, Illinois
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

This was one of the reasons we wanted to vacation to Rockford. This small museum houses a full exhibit of a teenage T-rex. Found in the surrounding area. I would encourage any family to visit. If you like to learn about the earth and changes made to it. This is the place for you. We really took the time to... More 

Thank lish9782
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

While visiting Rockford to research a book on high school basketball, my wife and I discovered the Burpee Museum of Natural History. Located along the Rock River in downtown Rockford at 737 North Main Street, it maintains more than 100,000 items in its permanent collection. So what's a gem like this doing in Rockford? I would have expected it to... More 

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