Burpee Museum Will Be Closed Much Longer Due to Flood Damage
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 burpee.org.