Burpee Museum of Natural History

Burpee Museum of Natural History A gem in the Rockford community since 1942, Burpee Museum of Natural History is equipped with 4 floors of engaging exhibits, suitable for the whole family!
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Mission Statement: To inspire all people to engage in a lifetime of discovery and learning about the natural world, through preservation and interpretation. Proud member of Blue Star Museums. (Free admission to any active military family from Memorial Day through Labor Day) ASTC affiliated . General Admission Prices: Adult (13 & up) $10, Kids (4-12y/o) $9, and Toddlers (3 & under) Free! Additional fees for special exhibits my apply.

It was our pleasure! Great fun with reptiles! ❤️ 🦎
05/17/2019

It was our pleasure! Great fun with reptiles! ❤️ 🦎

LS students enjoyed the reptiles from Burpee Museum!

Burpee Museum Director of Paleontology, Josh Mathews and his field crew, Dan Large and Steve Landi have arrived at the H...
05/16/2019

Burpee Museum Director of Paleontology, Josh Mathews and his field crew, Dan Large and Steve Landi have arrived at the Hanksville-Burpee Dinosaur Quarry to begin our summer dinosaur expeditions. They are currently opening up the site to prepare the quarry for the big crew arriving this weekend.

There are still openings available on week 2 and 3 to participate in excavating Jurassic age dinosaurs from the desert of southern Utah. For more information, go to http://www.burpee.org/research/expeditions/

Check back often for more updates from the quarry as the crew continues to excavate more fossils over the next 5 weeks!

Volunteers!Anyone looking for volunteer hours, a fun experience, or meeting amazing people?Burpee Museum needs help from...
05/11/2019

Volunteers!
Anyone looking for volunteer hours, a fun experience, or meeting amazing people?

Burpee Museum needs help from you!
From education, to special events, to new exhibits, tours and many more...we need help! As summer approaches we need all hands on deck to help teach families about different reptiles found in the museum, helping guide people to where they need to go, and more!

Please call Laura, or go online and fill out our Volunteer application! http://www.burpee.org/volunteer-at-burpee/

Are you Registered for SUMMER CAMPS?Explorers Week Summer Camp: Selected weeks we will be collaborating with the Discove...
05/08/2019

Are you Registered for SUMMER CAMPS?

Explorers Week Summer Camp: Selected weeks we will be collaborating with the Discovery Center to bring an amazing summer to everyone! Full day times are 9:00am-4:00pm and half day is 9:00am-12:00pm. For Children ages 7-12. Full day campers bring lunch and a water bottle. Half days available for select weeks.

ZooBabies Three Day Camp: These three day camps are perfect for the little adventurer in your family! For Children ages 6 and under. Ages 3 and under require an adult helper. Three day class, sessions can be purchased a la carte. Classes run Tuesday - Thursday at 9:30am -11:00am OR 1:00pm-2:30pm.

Friday Day Camp: Selected Fridays we will go into depth about the topic of discussion. For children ages 7-12. One day classes, Friday only, 10:00am-3:00pm.

Call or register online!

Museums standing together today in Springfield.  Thank you to our senators and representatives working hard to support o...
05/01/2019

Museums standing together today in Springfield. Thank you to our senators and representatives working hard to support our museums. Thank you to Rockford Park District for your support.

Key issue for museums: SB 1814 will allow reimbursement of prior, approved incurred expenses for museum improvements that have been suspended since 2015. Thus has been a massive financial hardship for Rockford museums on the order of over $900,000!!!
Please support us.

This includes several exhibits at Burpee, collections storage at Burpee and Rockford Art Museum and exhibits at Discovery Center Museum.

Good news: Senator David Koehler passed SB1814 unanimously in the Senate two weeks ago. This is a great step. Now we need to encourage and help Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth in the House! It has had its first reading and was assigned to the executive committee. Now is the time to be involved.

Museums are essential for our education, economy, and conservation. Each year Illinois provides instruction to over 3.4 million school children and serve over 120,000 teachers in professional development. Last year alone over 21 million visitors enjoyed museum throughout the state.

“Our museums and our parks reflect what we are and who we want to be,” Coleen Callahan, Director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Help your museums by encouraging General Assembly to pass SB1814. Encourage General Assembly to fully fund the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, including staff to administer the Public Museum Capital Grants Program. Ask General Assembly to include funding for the Public Museum Capital Grants Programs in the next Capital bill.

Rockford Art Museum Discovery Center Museum Midway Village Museum
#ILMuseumsDay

Donating to the Burpee Museum of Natural History will help the museum with purchasing crafts for classes or events, or g...
04/29/2019

Donating to the Burpee Museum of Natural History will help the museum with purchasing crafts for classes or events, or getting things fixed, and even help preserving something our paleontologist are working on! The Burpee hosts Donation Days for Illinois residents to enjoy the museum and to leave a donation.

What are Donation Days? These are days where we waive our admission fees and what you leave for a donation is considered your admission. This is during our regular hours of operation 10:00am-5:00pm, if you have more then 10 people in your group, please call the Museum!

Upcoming Donation Days at Burpee Museum:
May 7th
May 15th
May 20th

Come into Burpee on Mother's Day, May 12th, and Mom's will have FREE ADMISSION!

Learn more online @ http://www.burpee.org/hours-calendars-burpee/ or call the museum

ZOOBABIES!Learn about different animal eyes!Nicole and Alyssa will be teaching how animals see with their eyes on the si...
04/27/2019

ZOOBABIES!
Learn about different animal eyes!

Nicole and Alyssa will be teaching how animals see with their eyes on the side of their head, or if they see in black and white, or if they even have eyelids to blink!

Perfect the young child
We welcome children ages 6 and under. All 2-year-old and younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not required to attend classes for 3- to 6-year olds but are welcome, and encouraged, to observe and participate in the class.

Tuesday, April 30 @ 11:00-12:00
Wednesday, May 1 @ 9:30-10:30

Call or go online to register! burpee.org

Wonderful Wednesday!Presented by The Board of TrusteesSomething new is happening all summer long! Events start at 10am a...
04/26/2019

Wonderful Wednesday!
Presented by The Board of Trustees

Something new is happening all summer long! Events start at 10am and end at 8pm! Summer Wednesday admission will include a FREE workshop with animals (Animal Hour), live animal demonstrations, projects and more throughout the museum!

Each week is a new theme such as: Famous Flyers, and Mammal Mania, and Animal Knights!
ANIMAL HOUR: Lisa will help you discover the wonderful world of animals in this series of hands-on, interactive programs for families. We’ll spend time in the Museum’s exhibits and/or outside, see specimens from the Museum’s Collections and explore the secrets of the amazing animal kingdom. Fun for the entire family. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Schedule of Activities:
Wonderful Wednesday
10:00 am Museum Opens with special one-day-only booths and interactions throughout the museum
10:30 am Family Animal Class (included with admission)
1:00 pm Family Animal Class (included with admission)

3:30 pm Family Music Class (included with admission)
4:00 pm Food & Drink Vendors open on the Terrace

Music on the Rock (presented by Associated Bank)
4:00 pm Family activities on the Terrace
5:30 pm Music on the Rock Concert Begins
6:00 pm Museum exhibits close
8:30 pm Event Closes

Meet Fire and Ice!Burpee's own Argentine black and white Tegus!These big lizards are a voracious omnivorous predatory sp...
04/24/2019

Meet Fire and Ice!
Burpee's own Argentine black and white Tegus!

These big lizards are a voracious omnivorous predatory species, hanging around tropical rain forests, savannas and semi-deserts of eastern and central America! They are sometime nicknamed the "moving garbage disposal" because they will try to eat most anything from eggs to birds to rodents to fruits. Unfortunately there is a large non-native breeding population in the US. Their extreme intelligence, adaptability, and huge appetite make them a problem to Florida animals as Tegus are feasting on nests of endangered American Crocodile eggs, and consume young, threatened gopher tortoises. (Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission) Remember: Do not ever release your pet into the wild. If you need to surrender your pet, contact your local humane society.

Tegus are very intelligent and will remember your smell and your voice. Tegus use their long forked tongue to smell the air around them and utilize the Jacobson's organ inside their mouth to process all the different scents. They are strong, and beautiful animals. The Tegus at Burpee are gentle and inquisitive.

Come to the Museum and ask to see Fire or Ice!

CALLING ALL EXPLORERS!!THE LAST EXPLORERS CLASS FOR THIS SEMESTER IS MAY 11!Are you signed up?For the final class of the...
04/23/2019

CALLING ALL EXPLORERS!!

THE LAST EXPLORERS CLASS FOR THIS SEMESTER IS MAY 11!
Are you signed up?

For the final class of the semester, Betsy will be teaching you all about the eyes of Trex …and others!!

How did dinosaurs see? If you stood still would you be safe? Compare the vision of various dinosaurs with living animals today. Dissect a cow’s eye to see the parts of the eye and hypothesize how dinosaurs were able to hunt and survive.

Saturday, May 11 @ 1:00
Members: $18
General Public: $20

Burpee Perks!Being a member at Burpee Museum of Natural History has awesome perks, like... FREE admissionDiscount admiss...
04/22/2019

Burpee Perks!
Being a member at Burpee Museum of Natural History has awesome perks, like... FREE admission
Discount admission for special events
Discounts in the gift shop
Discounts on classes
Members Night
Free or discounted admission for partnering museums (90 miles away)
...and much more!

Call or go to burpee.org/join to become a member or learn more about it!

Ice, the Argentine Black and White Tegu asks...do I pass for a bunny today?  🐰 He is one of Burpee’s two Tegus, Fir...
04/21/2019

Ice, the Argentine Black and White Tegu asks...do I pass for a bunny today? 🐰 He is one of Burpee’s two Tegus, Fire and Ice.

What a perfect day!  We have another egg hunt at 1pm!! EggStravaganza at Burpee and Discovery Center Museum
04/20/2019

What a perfect day! We have another egg hunt at 1pm!! EggStravaganza at Burpee and Discovery Center Museum

Bunnies, lambs, goats and so much more!Don't Forget Eggstravaganza this Saturday 10:00-2:00!We are partnering up with th...
04/18/2019

Bunnies, lambs, goats and so much more!

Don't Forget Eggstravaganza this Saturday 10:00-2:00!
We are partnering up with the Discovery Center for a day of Egg fun!

This means, Burpee Museum and Discovery Center will be accepting admission from either location! We can't wait to see everyone enjoying the hunt, and have fun!

General Public: Adults $10, Children $12
Members: Free for Adults, Children $3

❤️ What a BEAUTIFUL day!Burpee’s Tortoise Rocky is out enjoying some sunshine and green grass...just like the rest...
04/16/2019

❤️ What a BEAUTIFUL day!
Burpee’s Tortoise Rocky is out enjoying some sunshine and green grass...just like the rest of us this afternoon! He wants to remind you that reptiles are alive and ready for the special exhibit at burpee this summer! Mark your calendars for adventure.

SO HAPPY! 😃 Not sure who gets more excited about an outreach adventure...Burpee Staff or our ambassador animals!!Toda...
04/12/2019

SO HAPPY! 😃 Not sure who gets more excited about an outreach adventure...Burpee Staff or our ambassador animals!!
Today we were talking about animals that come from eggs with some of our special learning partners. We had an awesome story, met real baby chicks, snakes, a tortoise, a tegu and more!!! Love ❤️ working with Rockford kids!
We would love to be your learning partner too! Don’t forget to call, and invite us over for your event!!

Now that’s a big deal!  What we thought was unseeable...has been seen!  A black hole!! Science is awesome.
04/11/2019

Now that’s a big deal! What we thought was unseeable...has been seen! A black hole!! Science is awesome.

How inspiring!

Music on the Rock Line Up Summer 2019!Food and Drinks will be available for purchase @ 4:30Live Music @ 5:30-8:30June 5t...
04/10/2019

Music on the Rock Line Up Summer 2019!
Food and Drinks will be available for purchase @ 4:30
Live Music @ 5:30-8:30

June 5th: Chis O'Leary Band
June 12th: Chicago Blues All Stars
June 19th: John Nemeth
June 26th: Steepwater Band
July 3rd: The Grand Groove Hotel
July 10th: Ivy Ford Band
July 17th: Keven "B.F." Burt
July 24th: Ghost Town Blues Band
July 31st: Dave Keller Trio

Come out for a great time at the museum, listening to music and spending time with your family and enjoy your summer!
VIP tickets are available for purchase ($15)
Lawn seats are available for no charge, first come, first serve!

Learn More at Burpee.org

ZOOBABIESLearn about Animal Babies with Nicole and Alyssa!Chicks!April 16 @ 11:00-12:00April 17 @ 9:30-10:30ZooBabies is...
04/09/2019

ZOOBABIES

Learn about Animal Babies with Nicole and Alyssa!
Chicks!

April 16 @ 11:00-12:00
April 17 @ 9:30-10:30

ZooBabies is a series of indoor and outdoor classes at Burpee for our budding scientists! The classes are designed to begin animal explorations with preschool students.

For Registration Call: 815-965-3433 or register online

Perfect the young child
We welcome children ages 6 and under. All 2-year-old and younger children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are not required to attend classes for 3- to 6-year olds but are welcome, and encouraged, to observe and participate in the class.

04/09/2019
Join the Burpee Museum on a real Dinosaur dig!

Do you like dinosaurs? Are you up for an adventure to the desert of Utah or Montana? Join us this weekend to hear Burpee Museums Director of Paleontology, Josh Mathews, give an informative presentation about our summer dinosaur expeditions to Utah and Montana. The presentation will begin at 1:00pm on Saturday and Sunday and will discuss what to expect at each location and what dinosaurs you can hope to find! Don't miss out on these wonderful opportunities! We hope to see you there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brHfJllou-Y

Every summer the Burpee Museum of Natural History travels to the western U.S. to excavate dinosaurs in Utah and Montana. Our digs are open to anyone over the...

Good advice.
04/07/2019

Good advice.

This is how NOT to pick up a dromaeosaur. Hope this is helpful.

Something new at Burpee this summer! June 5th Every Wednesday starting @ 10am is extra special with a special theme, one...
04/05/2019

Something new at Burpee this summer! June 5th

Every Wednesday starting @ 10am is extra special with a special theme, one-day-only activities in the museum, live animal demonstrations and interactions, family animal hour classes. We are taking Music on the Rock evening activities and coupling them with exciting daytime activities in the museum.

Food will be available for purchase.
LIVE MUSIC starts @ 6pm. Lawn seats are FREE. VIP seats in the front are available for $15.

Thanks to sponsorship from the Board of Trustees, all special activities are included in the general admission prices.

The event is FREE to members.

Check out http://www.burpee.org/wonderful-wednesdays/

Don't know what to do for your Dinosaur lover, or your Zoologist in training for their Birthday?Come into Burpee! We hav...
04/03/2019

Don't know what to do for your Dinosaur lover, or your Zoologist in training for their Birthday?

Come into Burpee! We have different size and style spaces available for your party! The party room is yours for the reserved 2 hour period. Check into the front desk 30-45 mins early for your set up. Visiting the museum exhibits is included for all your guests during your event at Burpee!

Don't Miss This: We have LIVE Animal demonstrations for your special day... or a special Dino Activity available!

Come into the museum or call for more information!

SHOWER SPECIAL!Come check out our beautiful Barnes Mansion for your Baby Shower/Bridal Shower for this spring and summer...
04/01/2019

SHOWER SPECIAL!

Come check out our beautiful Barnes Mansion for your Baby Shower/Bridal Shower for this spring and summer! It is perfect size for your party! Tables will be provided, also an options for catering are available.

April Showers Brings May Flowers even at the Burpee Museum!

Please Call to Schedule a walk through with Rhonda or Alex!

April fools!  Well done Madison Herp Society.
04/01/2019

April fools! Well done Madison Herp Society.

Here is a dead snake we killed, because we don't like them, and the only good snake is a dead one!!!

April Fools!!!!

Actually, this is an Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos) submitted by Shane Smith, which are one of the most convincing reptilian actors of April Fool's Day! When these snakes are threatened or confronted by a potential predator, they will first raise their heads and necks and spread them in order to appear larger and more intimidating, all while hissing loudly and even mock striking! If this first convincing act doesn't work, the snake will move onto its next trick by rolling over and writing around with their mouths open as if they were dying, while secreting musk, urates, and feces, and then finally lying motionless upside down as if they were dead! If after a few minutes of being undisturbed, they will then peer around, and if the going is clear, will flip themselves back over and continue on their way!

Calling all Explorers! Saturday April 13th @ 1:00-2:30Dinosaur Eggs: Just Like Giant Chickens?  The Lowdown on those egg...
03/30/2019

Calling all Explorers!
Saturday April 13th @ 1:00-2:30

Dinosaur Eggs: Just Like Giant Chickens? The Lowdown on those eggs!
Get the lowdown on dinosaur eggs. How big were they? Where have they been found? How were they protected? Examine a variety of real bird eggs and real dinosaur eggs. Learn the science behind eggs, conduct egg experiments, and make a model of a dinosaur egg.

Come and conduct different experiments on eggs to learn more behind the little/GIANT eggs!

Spring Break!  Make it memorable.  One more day for our awesome classes.  Get in on it!Do something special this Spring ...
03/28/2019

Spring Break! Make it memorable. One more day for our awesome classes. Get in on it!

Do something special this Spring Break!

SPRING BREAK ADVENTURES START HERE!
Break away to the Burpee Museum of Natural History where you will be learning and having fun! From looking at different reptiles, to making crafts and enjoying science, it will be adventurous enough for spring break!

Thursday @ 10:30-12:00
Explorers/ZooBabies for kids of all ages!!

YOUR CLASS REGISTRATION INCLUDES MUSEUM ADMISSION for child and learning partner! It’s a great deal.

Explorers Spring Break Camp (Ages 7 & Up)
ZooBabies Spring Break Camp (Ages 6 & Under)*
*Ages 3 and under require an (no fee) adult learning partner. All other ages--adult learning partners are optional. One free learning partner per child. Additional adult learning partners are an additional fee of general museum admission.

Preregister by calling or going online!

March 28 registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spring-break-away-camp-march-28-tickets-59267108517

Registration Fee: $12 Members/$15 General Public
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Address

737 N. Main Street
Rockford, IL
61103

The Rockford Mass Transit Bus #14, N. Main line, stops near the front of the museum. Visit http://www.rmtd.org/where.php for more information.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(815) 965-3433

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