Burpee Museum Opens New Traveling Exhibit

By: WIFR Newsroom
By: WIFR Newsroom

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- On Saturday, February 1 Burpee Museum of Natural History will be opening a new traveling exhibit on Megalodon sharks. The exhibit, Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, is making its Midwest debut at Burpee Museum and will be open through April 29.

When you visit Burpee Museum to check out Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived you will learn more than you thought possible about this enormous prehistoric shark. How big was the largest shark? How long did it live? What did it eat? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered when you enter the exhibit hall and explore the 60-foot-walk-through Megalodon sculpture.

The Megalodon shark is related to the modern great white and mako sharks and was a dominant marine predator for 15 million years before it vanished 2 million years ago. Designed by the Florida Museum of Natural History, this consuming exhibit conveys research findings of Florida Museum paleontologists, and showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens and full-scale models from several collections.

In addition to this consuming exhibit, the Rockford Aquarium will have a 150 gallon fish tank display. When you visit Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived, you will also have the opportunity to see dozens of beautiful, exotic fish darting through the tank.

Burpee Museum will have extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays for the duration of this exhibit. Hours will be 10:00 am- 8:00 pm with the exception of March 7 & 8 for PaleoFest, April 19 for Eggstravaganza, and April 26 for the Anniversary Gala.


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