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Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Paleofest?

March 2nd & 3rd 2019 at Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford, Illinois. 

What is PaleoFest?

PaleoFest is a weekend celebration of all things paleontology. We have activities scheduled for our youngest budding scientists, all the way to professional paleo researchers. Each year, Burpee brings world-class paleontologists to Rockford for a seriesof exciting talks about the latest research, and new discoveries. The museum comes alive with special activities and community outreach events. It’s a “don’t miss” one-of-a-kind of event in Rockford.

Why different admission rates?

There are a lot of different types of activities to enjoy at PaleoFest. The General Admission ($12/$4 Members) covers admission to the Museum and participation in the family activities. The Family Workshop Pass ($35/$20 Members) includes museum admission for up to 2 adult and 2 youth for one day ANDa kid-friendly, special learning class that is hands on and digs into specific topics. The Dinner Lecture includes admission to the Museum on Saturday, the cocktail mixer, dinner and Keynote Lecture. The Lecture pass includes admission to the Museum and all day lectures for your purchase date. Check our website for schedules and to order tickets in advance.

What are PaleoFest Hours?

Friday, March 1st:

Member’s Only Free Event

6:00pm: Light Hors d’oeuvre & Refreshments

7:00pm: Presentation

Saturday, March 2nd:

9:00: Doors Open for Lecture Pass Holders

10:00AM-4PM: General Admission & Family Activities

5:30PM: Cocktail Mixer

6:30PM: Dinner Seating & Keynote Lecture

Sunday, March 3rd:

9:00: Doors Open for Lecture Pass Holders

10:00AM-4PM: General Admission & Family Activities

Celebrating Over 20 Years!

It hardly seems like 20 years since the idea for a paleontology symposium was born at Burpee Museum. In that time, our attendees and volunteers have grown to be noted speakers in their own right. Burpee has shared an all-star cast of speakers with the community, and PaleoFest has become a local phenomenon. We can’t wait to share the exciting ways we are celebrating our PaleoFest pioneers…and celebrating 20 years!

See you at PaleoFest!