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!
In December and January, the Burke is teaming up with our friends at the Henry for a two-part workshop during which we will explore relationships between multiple generations and family structures. Join us at the Burke to explore cultures presented in Pacific Voices and Here & Now.
Have you ever wondered what’s under Seattle? At this year’s Archaeology Day, explore clues found underground—and under water—that tell us how humans lived on the shores of Puget Sound over the past 500 years.
Human remains are inadvertently discovered in Washington State more than 50 times a year. These remains are then the subject of a complicated and evolving set of state and federal laws. In light of the upcoming presentation of "Fortune’s Bones" - a performance based on the story of Fortune, an enslaved African whose remains were used for research and display - the Burke has assembled a panel of experts who confront these issues every day: Kathy Taylor, King County Forensic Anthropologist; Robert Kopperl, Principal Investigator, SWCA Environmental Consultants, and Guy Tasa, Physical Anthropologist for Washington State. Each will talk briefly about noteworthy cases, followed by a question and answer discussion led by Burke Curator of Archaeology Peter Lape. Join us and find out what would happen if Fortune’s Bones were found today.
Boy Scouts are invited to earn their Archaeology awards at the Burke with hands-on archaeology experiences. Work with professional archaeologists and real artifacts to see inside the life of an archaeologist. Practice flint knapping, visit the University of Washington’s archaeology dating lab, and find out what to do if you come across an artifact in the field.
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!
There is no Free First Thursday in January.
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. There is no Trivia Night in January.
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.
Join us as we venture into the Burke collections to see and discover objects—from the everyday to the exotic. Don't miss this exclusive chance to meet curators and collections staff from every Burke division. Learn how the Burke's collections tell the story of the life before us, and how our researchers use these objects to generate new discoveries.
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to a day of Natural Science exploration at the Burke Museum. Come and meet scientists from the University of Washington to explore different careers in science.
Explore the Arctic through ink and watercolor with expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin. This hands-on workshop will cover the fundamental tools for field sketching and painting using bones and specimens of arctic terns, walrus, polar bear, narwhal, and musk ox from the Burke Museum's collection.
Have you ever wondered if a Tyrannosaurus could really outrun a jeep, or if a Velociraptor could turn a doorknob? Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s discoveries about dinosaur soft tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of these fundamental aspects of dinosaur biology. Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how molecular paleontology can help answer questions about dinosaurs like: were they warm- or cold-blooded, what did they eat, how fast did they grow, and did they take care of their babies? Join us and find out how we can know so much about an animal that no human has ever seen.
Join award-winning authors Priscilla Long, Sierra Nelson, and Craig Romano as they lead classroom and field-based sessions on environmental writing. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world.
Cub Scouts and Webelos are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Geologists will be on hand to answer questions and direct activities as Cub Scouts learn about rock and mineral identification, mountain building, origins of fossils, volcanoes and more!