Remember earlier this month when Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford was just about to reopen to the public, and then a pipe burst in their building and messed everything up?

Burpee staff knew the flood damage sustained from the pipe burst was bad, but they felt confident that the cleanup/repairs could be done in a few weeks and that they could finally reopen their doors this Friday, February 26. Well, sadly that is no longer the case.

Burpee Museum shared this update on Facebook Wednesday;

On February 8th Burpee experienced a large flood due to a broken pipe. After damage assessments, we have learned the scope of necessary repairs is much more extensive than originally anticipated. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that Burpee Museum will remain closed until April 9th.

Not only is this news a bummer for Rockfordians who really wanted to get out of the house and have some family fun, but it's a huge upset for Burpee staff as one of their biggest events of the year, Paleo Fest, happens at the beginning of March.

There is a bit of a silver lining to this sad Burpee tale though. Paleo Fest 2021 is still a go, it will just be happening virtually. Make sure to hop onto Burpee's website March 6th and 7th to enjoy a wealth of special paleo activities, student symposiums, research talks with paleo professionals and a whole lot more!

One last thing, if you love the Burpee Museum and truly want to help them get through this slew of bad news, please consider making a monetary donation to help with repairs now at


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