Group Tours

Plan Your Next Adventure at Burpee!

Get the inside scoop about Burpee and our exhibits from a Burpee expert.  You will learn amazing details about our museum, specimens and more.  Prepare to be a VIP at Burpee!  Tours are designed for all age groups.

Burpee Museum provides guests with high-quality programming through highly-qualified tour guides and docents  These educators will get your group engaged, grab your curiosity and get you excited about things you may have never known about our 75 year old, internationally recognized museum and collections.

Burpee Museum is the perfect destination for a focused learning expedition not so large as to be intimidating.  Book your adventure today!

Tour Fee: $5.00 per guest
Minimum: 15 people or $75.00
Maximum: 30 in a group, up to 4 groups at one time (*see exceptions)

Tours last about 1 hour.

Book Your Tour Today.

Call Burpee: (815) 965-3433


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Fossils & Dinosaurs

This tour focuses on the scientific process using fossil evidence.  Visitors explore an ancient ocean, walk among giant ferns and insects of a prehistoric forest, and learn about Burpee’s dinosaur discoveries.  The tour includes time in the award winning interactive exhibit; Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur and Homer’s Odyssey: From the Badlands to Burpee.

The First People: Native Americans in North America

The main focus is Woodland cultures of this area.  As part of the learning expedition, visitors are able to get a taste of Native American life by gathering around a “fire” in our wigwam.  We compare the lifeways of people of the Eastern Woodlands, Great Plains, and the Desert Southwest and examine how the environment influenced the Peoples’ way of life.  Information about prehistoric people, the Mound Builders, and the mounds at Beattie Park can be included.

Windows to Wilderness

Explore nature in the Rock River Valley as you venture into our biology exhibit.  Focusing on local ecosystems and wildlife, this exhibit offers a fun, interactive approach to the world around us.  This tour includes being “up close and personal” with some of Burpee’s live animals.

Beneath Our Feet

This tour covers the basics of geology, including sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks; plus mining and earth shaping forces.  Learn the difference between rocks and minerals and hold many items from our geology collection as you learn what makes each item unique!

Illinois State Tour*

A look at the Prairie State examining local Native American culture, state symbols, natural habitats, and geologic history.*

*2 hours/ $8.00 per person