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Upcoming Events

The Burke offers a special event for everyone with popular annual family events like Dino Day, lectures with prominent leaders in the arts and sciences, exhibit-related programs, cultural festivals, and more!

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80 Days of Summer

Sat., June 20, 2015 – Mon., Sept. 7, 2015 | 10 –  5 pm

Make your own craft to take home, answer questions to discover what object is in the Mystery Box, do scavenger hunts in the gallery and get outside and do outdoor activities (weather permitting)! At the Burke, we’re doing all those things every day, all summer long. Join us for daily adventures—we’re changing them up every week, so BOREDOM loses and you WIN!

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Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Sept. 3, 2015 | 10 am – 8 pm

On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. We hope you can visit us!

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Lightning Serpents in Washington State:  Makah Culture and the Importance of Oral Histories

Thurs., Sept. 3, 2015 | 7 pm

Makah artist Micah McCarty will discuss the important function of the lightning serpent in the culture of the coastal tribes of Washington. The lightning serpent is an integral participant in the spiritual and ceremonial life of the Makah people.

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Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Sept. 3, 2015 – Sat., Sept. 3, 2016 | 8 –  10 pm

The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.

Burke Trivia Night happens every first Thursday at 8 pm at the College Inn Pub.

Hosted by the Burke Museum at the College Inn Pub, 4006 University Way NE. Support for Trivia Night was provided by the University of Washington Graduate School. This is a 21+ event.

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Bug Blast

Sun., Sept. 20, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Bug out as thousands of specimens, dead and alive, fly, buzz, or crawl to the Burke Museum for this favorite annual family event. Get eye-to-eye with giant walking sticks, examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections, try some buggy snacks, and more!

Special Guest: Scott Peterson, The Reptile Man
This  year in conjunction with our “Titanoboa: Monster Snake” exhibit, Bug Blast is adding more creepy-crawly fun! Join Zoologist Scott Petersen, AKA “The Reptile Man,” as he presents live reptiles from around the world. Pet and hold snakes, an alligator, lizards and a turtle. Shows at 10:30 am, 12 pm and 1:30 pm.

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Gems and Geology: Girl Scout Day

Sat., Oct. 3, 2015 | 10 am – 3 pm

Junior Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies are invited to explore the world of geology and earn a Burke Young Naturalist badge. Get hands-on with rocks and minerals, sleuth out real jewels from fake lookalikes, investigate fossil mysteries and more! Complete the stations to earn your patch and stay to check out the rest of the museum.

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Birds at the Burke

Sat., Oct. 10, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Flock to the Burke for a fun-filled day celebrating all things feathered! See hundreds of specimens, watch as scientists prepare birds for research and get birding tips from local experts.


  • Meet eight-year-old Gabi Mann and see her collection of “gifts” from local crows
  • See live ornamental birds and learn about raising pheasants, ducks and more
  • Test your bird IQ with “Birding Jeopardy”
  • "From the Arctic to the Andes," beautiful birds and beautiful places of the Americas with renowned photographer Paul Bannick
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From Totems to Tennis Shoes: Art and Culture on the Northwest Coast

Tues., Oct. 20, 2015 – Tues., Nov. 10, 2015 | 7 –  8:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Northwest Coast Native art, an ever-changing artform with artists experimenting with tradition and innovation in remarkable new ways. Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Associate Director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art, and UW Visiting Lecturer in American Indian Studies and Art History, leads this four-evening series exploring a cross-section of topics about Northwest Coast art and culture. The series features historical objects from the Burke’s collection as a springboard for discussion of foundational concepts in Northwest Coast aesthetics, as well as the cutting-edge work of today’s Indigenous artists. Issues raised include sovereignty, revitalization, commercialization, pop culture and appropriation. The class is a combination of lecture and discussion. Participation is actively encouraged.

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Creepy-Crawly Cocktails

Thurs., Oct. 22, 2015 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Terrified of tarantulas? Scared senseless by snakes? It’s okay, the Burke is here for you.

Grab some liquid courage and your friends to face your fears at the Burke Museum. Get up close and personal with real creepy-crawly critters that no longer bite. We've got bats, spiders and snakes, oh my!

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Meet the Mammals

Sat., Nov. 14, 2015 | 9:59 am – 3:59 pm

Ever wanted to touch a bat? Or get close to a tiger? Meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection.

Meet the Mammals is the only opportunity of the year for visitors to see hundreds of specimens from the mammalogy collection on display. There will be hands-on activities for the whole family; many of the specimens can be held or touched. Mammal experts are on hand all day long to answer questions and talk about the amazing diversity of mammals!