Focusing on the wildlife of the Rock River Valley, Windows to Wilderness offers a fun, interactive approach to the world around us. Prepare yourself to look at our environment through a new set of eyes as you explore this hands-on exhibit, encounter live animals, and rediscover your own habitat!
The Jay and Barbara Brost PaleoLab is a is a window into how the Museum’s scientists work. Located on the lower level, the viewing area’s large glass windows reveal the biology and paleontology laboratories where specimens are conserved and prepared for the Museum’s collections and exhibits. Burpee Museum maintains more than 100,000 items in its permanent collection!
Small but mighty, learn how insects are adapted for success in the natural world. From smells to sounds to amazing movements…each insect will tell you a story! Enjoy the beautiful specimens of many different insects and learn how they compete, adapt and survive!
What did Rockford look like millions of years ago? Here’s a hint: you’d need your bathing suit! Discover the ancient sea that covered this region during the Ordovician Period, and see fossils of the critters who called it home long before we did.
Your trip through time continues with the history of Native Americans in North America. The First People features a full-size wigwam and tipi, an American Bison, and a dugout canoe that you can climb into! Learn about many different Native Americans, and make sure to visit the video kiosk on your way out to learn what it’s like to live in a wigwam, hear Native American stories, and watch a Pow Wow!
After years of preparation, Jane, the world’s most complete and best preserved juvenile T. rex, is on display as the centerpiece of a captivating exhibit at Burpee Museum, Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur. Come discover what happened during the 66 million years she lay buried, visit the expedition’s Montana base camp, and view Jane’s fully restored 21-foot skeleton.
Homer’s Odyssey is the product of more than eight years of work: from the discovery of the first bones in the badlands near Ekalaka, Montana, to the preparation and reconstruction of the fossils in the Burpee lab, and finally the development of a new, permanent exhibit. Homer, Burpee’s “teenaged” Triceratops, is ready for his story to be told.
Learn how Earth was formed and the forces still shaping our planet today. Exhibits on economic, world, and regional geology all explore the world before us and where we are now. See extraordinary displays of unusual rocks, gems, and minerals, as well as information on plate tectonics, land formations, and more!
Burpee Museum of Natural History is excited to announce the opening of the new exhibit – Fossil Lake: Uncovering a Lost World. Come check out our large collection of specimen from the Green River Formation in south western Wyoming. Burpee has donated and collected specimen such as flies, a crocodile, fresh water sting ray, plants, and more! Fossil Lake exhibit is located on the lower level by the Viewing Lab.
State-of-the-art technology is combined to create a realistic, two-story tall, prehistoric carboniferous coal forest. Thrill to the thunder and lightning of a tropical rainstorm as you explore Rockford’s local landscape, insects, and amphibians as they existed 300 million years ago!