Burpee Museum of Natural History
Rockford, Ill. 61103
Cost: $8, $7 kids under 12, free kids under 3
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed holidays (open New Year's Eve).
Burpee is a mid-size museum with an internationally recognized paleontology collection, including "Jane," a juvenile T. rex, and opening Summer 2013, "Homer," a teenage Triceratops. The museum features a Fossil Prep Viewing Lab, and additional exhibits on geoscience, our natural environment and Native Americans.