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Burpee Museum of Natural History

737 North Main Street

The mission of Burpee Museum of Natural History is to inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of learning about the natural world.

Museum History

Burpee Museum of Natural History was begin as a Works Progress Administration project. The WPA was set up by the federal government to help create jobs during the depression of the '30's. The Museum was established in 1941 and opened to the public on May 24, 1942. The current complex is made up of three buildings—the Solem Wing, the Manny Mansion, and the Barnes Mansion.


David Michie

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Well worth the $10 entrance fee. 4 floors of exhibits. Plenty of fossils to see and touch with the ultimate display being one of the most complete T-Rex' s ever found. Beyond the dinosaur and related displays they have many displays that portray the Rockford areas more recent prehistory with exhibits surrounding geology, native peoples and animals.

Katherine Turnrose

Saturday, May 19, 2018
A lot of fun! There is excellent hands on activities for children, I really love how they Incorporated the history where the museum is located with a lot of the displays. Staff was very helpful and genuinely care about the guests and the museum. Very welcoming, can't wait to go back!!

Kari Gibbons

Sunday, June 10, 2018
If you're in town don't miss this! Beautiful space and some seriously special exhibits! A lot of love and hard work went into this place and it SHOWS. Can't wait to go back....

Lynn Kamrowski

Saturday, May 26, 2018
My son and I had a great time here. He is 10 and loves dinosaurs. We spent several hours here and I would definitly come back again.

Hamidha Shabeer

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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.

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