Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018
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.