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Dinosaurs from Africa Stomp into the Burpee Museum of Natural History Rockford, IL

Updated on August 6, 2011
Jobaria (plant eater)
Jobaria (plant eater)

Gabrielle Lyon Cofounder and Executive Director of Project Exploration

GIANT African Dinosaurs are currently at the Burpee Museum of Natural History as part of a traveling exhibit. Walking among them is very humbling when you look up and see one towering over head. Some of them have thousands of teeth, others legs the size of redwood trees and the head alone on the Carcharodontosaurus measures five feet across. They are impressive, menacing and a bit intimidating at the same time.

It is fun imagining them living, eating, and walking around years ago, it must have been absolutely incredible. The closest venue I've found to see a dinosaur in action is at the Walking with Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular show. Go to to check out highlights of the show, order tickets and prepare to say WOW!! If the show returns to Rockford you'll see me sitting in the first row, I can't wait to see it!

If it were not for the hard work of staff and students of Project Exploration the dinosaurs would not even be available to see. It is a nonprofit science education organization founded by Dr. Paul Sereno and Gabrielle Lyon. Go to for more information about this remarkable organization. They provide invaluable education to students who otherwise would not have the opportunity to study science in this way.

Carcharodontosaurus Flesh & Skull Models (meat eater)
Carcharodontosaurus Flesh & Skull Models (meat eater)
Nigersaurus (plant eater)
Nigersaurus (plant eater)
Suchomimus "crocodile mimic" (fish eater)
Suchomimus "crocodile mimic" (fish eater)
Deltadromeus Meat Eater
Deltadromeus Meat Eater

Sneak Peek of other Exhibits

When you are finished walking with the dinosaurs step into a Carboniferous Coal Forest, or observe the Ordovician Sea, an ancient sea bed that shows what Rockford used to look like millions of years ago. The Geo Science display has a generous collection of large gems, minerals and other colorful rocks. The Windows to the World exhibits offer up close and personal views of wild life in the Rock River Valley. A few live animals are in the exhibits too, so don't be surprised if you see something move.

Do you want to make it a museum day? Do you have children along that want hands on activities or do you want to see some new Art? Well you are in the right place as The Discovery Center and the Rockford Art Museum are right next door to the Burpee Museum! Now how easy is that? An added bonus, parking is FREE at all of the museums.

If you would like to have a snack or lunch picnic tables are available in front of the Burpee Museum and inside and outside at the Discovery Center. Visit all of these museums when you visit Rockford each one has something special to offer.

Burpee Museum of Natural History

Burpee Museum of Natural History 737 North Main St. Rockford, IL 61103:
Burpee Musuem of Natual Hstry, 737 N Main St, Rockford, IL 61103-6966, USA

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