Bug Blast

Sunday, September 18, 2016
10 AM – 4 PM

Included with museum admission
FREE for Burke members, UW students, staff & faculty with ID

Live Bug Shows

Join the Bug Chicks for live bug shows at this year's Bug Blast.
Photo: Rachel Crick Photography

Butterflies

See hundreds of buggy specimens from the Burke's collection at Bug Blast.
Photo: Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic

Bug Blast at the Burke Museum

See hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary arachnology & entomology collection.
Photo: Lora Shinn

Bug Blast

See and touch live bugs at Bug Blast.
Photo: Lora Shinn

Bug Blast at the Burke Museum

Bug Blast at the Burke Museum.
Photo: Rachel Crick Photography

Bug Blast at the Burke Museum

Bug Blast at the Burke Museum.
Photo: Rachel Crick Photography

Bug out as thousands of specimens, dead and alive, fly, buzz, or crawl to the Burke Museum for this favorite annual all-ages event. Get eye-to-eye with live bugs and spiders plus a honeycomb with live bees and a transparent ant nest. Also examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections and try some buggy snacks.

Special this year: live bug shows with the Bug Chicks! Shows at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm These two scientists take time off from their research to inspire all of us to find our inner “bugdork.” Their presentation showcases the diversity of arthropods, and invites us to touch, hold, and pet the amazing creatures in their Bug Zoo. 

Additional Bug Blast activities include:

  • Touch live bugs like tarantulas and cockroaches—if you dare!
  • See beetles, butterflies and more from the Burke's insect collection that are only viewable at Bug Blast
  • Get a bug's eye view with insect eye glasses
  • And more!
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