The Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, IL is a true Midwest treasure. Natural exhibits usher visitors on a journey through Rockford's natural history using fossils, dinosaur bones, casts, scenes, rocks and minerals, taxidermy specimens and more. Guests can even peek inside a working lab in the basement. The Burpee Museum provides an ideal excursion for a winter day!
|Nautilus and cephalopod fossils|
|Reach out and touch fossils|
|Jane is a juvenile T. Rex.|
|Homer's skull is representative of a juvenile Triceratops.|
|Rhodonite and graphite on display|
The First People Exhibit includes full size replicas of a wigwam and a tipi as well as a dugout canoe you can climb inside. Great photo op! Additional artifacts highlight Native American skills and more.
|Hands-on nature display|
|Charming historical sign perfect for the 75th anniversary exhibit.|
|Exhibit allows kids to feel triceratops teeth.|
Things to know:
- The Burpee Museum is right next to the Discovery Center Museum for a complete day.
- The museum sits along the Rock River affording nice views.
- There is a small gift shop.
- Restrooms are readily available.
- Expect to spend at least 1.5 hours exploring.
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