Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford

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  • This was a very interesting museum. It was small enough to be able to read all the information and view the displays without getting tired or bored (great for school aged kids) The displays were well-...  more »
  • A very nice museum especially for kids! They do have some wonderful fossils and many other unique items.  more »
  • One of the most interesting museums in Rockford. Tons of interesting exhibits,lots of learning and exploring. Kids friendly and usually not crowded at all. If you are visiting with kids, you can walk ...  more »
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  • It's not a big museum but we'll maintained and informative. Kids love this place as the displays are good and well explained. Jane, the juvenile T rex is a fantastic display, they have some nice minerals on display on the first floor, Animals and insects on the second floor and the fossil lake display and the working laboratory at one level down the ground is very good.
  • We came for a homeschool activity. Staff was very friendly and helpful. All displays are well maintained and in working order. We will be back again. Can't wait for the scales and tails exhibit coming soon. Very pleased with our experience. Price is reasonable 8 for adults and 7 for kids. Our favorite is Jane the dinosaur!
  • It's never easy or even appropriate to speak poorly of an institution that endeavors to educate. The Burpee Museum of Natural History is by no means a definitive statement on the broad natural science; however, it is an earnest attempt to educate its patrons on the natural history of the area -- from geology to botany to insects to fish and to larger mammals, as well as a quality paleontology section featuring some impressive fossils and reconstructions. Let there be no doubt about it: the Burpee is a small space, and its educational value is very much a local affair. The price of admission is, to my mind, a bit steep (my son and I visited on a Friday afternoon, and it was $8/each), particularly for a purely educational museum. I'm sure they have discounted prices for schools and other groups, but even moving through the exhibits at an intentionally slow pace, it only took 45 minutes or so to cover the three-story space. Nevertheless, I can recommend the museum unequivocally, if for no other reason than those associated with it are genuinely committed to the sciences, as should we all be in this strange point in our national zeitgeist, in which science is under siege by those who denounce science and reject the scientific method for textural mythology and pseudo-sciences.
  • Excellent natural history museum located near downtown Rockford, Illinois. They have everything from Dinosaurs to soil samples. Three floors of exhibits and interactive activities. There is a gift shop on the first floor. The place is always clean and the staff are always friendly. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area and want to see some bones and fossils!
  • Very clean museum and tons of interesting exhibits. Every month there are special events. There are also donation days where there is free admission but optional donation. It is a very peaceful and quiet museum. I think it's great for families and children who prefer a more calm and quiet environment.
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