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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!

Oct.
1
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Climate Change and Nuclear Risks: A Speaker & Film Series

Wed., Oct. 1, 2014 – Wed., Nov. 19, 2014 | 12:30 –  1:30 pm

The vast Pacific Ocean, as anthropologist Epeli Hau’ofa noted, does not create divisions between people and places. Instead, the Pacific Ocean unifies. This speaker series, part of a University of Washington class led by Burke Curator of Asian Pacific Ethnology Holly Barker, will examine how the history of the nuclear era—which left behind vulnerable radioactive test sites and storage areas—intersects with climate change, and what we, as global citizens, can do to address these tremendous risks.

Oct.
2
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Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014 | 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!

Oct.
2
Burke Room

Buyer Beware: Fakes, Forgeries, Reproductions, and Art for Sale from the Marquesas Islands

Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The topic of fakes, forgeries, and reproductions in the art of the Marquesas Islands is both intriguing, and challenging. Though apparently widespread from as early as the late nineteenth century, very little is written on the subject and hard facts are elusive. Art historian Dr. Carol Ivory will focus her talk on the Marquesas, but also touch on other Polynesian cultures.

Oct.
2
College Inn Pub

Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Oct. 2, 2014 – Fri., Dec. 5, 2014 | 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.

Oct.
4
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The Big Draw

Sat., Oct. 4, 2014 | 10 am – 5 pm

Come to the Burke and flex your drawing muscles! For one day only, we're partnering with DXARTS to turn the museum into a giant art studio. We provide the paper, drawing tools, and models—we have more than 15 million to choose from—you provide the creativity! 

Oct.
10
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Tusk After Dusk

Fri., Oct. 10, 2014 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

LuLu's tusk needs to dry out...so let's drink to that! Join the Burke for a mammoth happy hour before the South Lake Union tusk goes behind the scenes for conservation.

Oct.
11
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Mammoth Mania

Sat., Oct. 11, 2014 – Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 | 10 am –  5 pm

Join us for a weekend celebration of all things mammoth! Say farewell to LuLu’s tusk before it goes behind the scenes—we’re sending her off in style with a celebration of mammoth proportions. See a mammoth skeleton and the first found mammoth tooth in Seattle, and sign LuLu’s cast before her tusk goes behind the scenes for conservation.

Oct.
11
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Gems and Geology: Girl Scout Day

Sat., Oct. 11, 2014 | 10 am – 3 pm

Junior Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies are invited to participate in hands-on earth science activities to become a Burke Young Naturalist. Sleuth out real jewels from fake look-alikes, investigate fossil mysteries, watch rocks transform into gems, and more! Complete the stations to earn your patch and stay to check out the rest of the museum.

Oct.
18
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Birds at the Burke

Sat., Oct. 18, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Birds take the roost for our annual Birds at the Burke event! Head to the Burke for a fabulous day filled with all things feathered—from live bird shows to the basics of birding in your backyard—there's something for everyone!

Nov.
1
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Cub Scout Geology Day at the Burke Museum

Sat., Nov. 1, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Cub Scouts and Webelos are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Learn about rock and mineral identification, mountain building, origins of fossils, volcanoes and more!

Nov.
9
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Remembering North America’s Extinct Birds: The Lost Bird Project & Fold the Flock

Sun., Nov. 9, 2014 | 1 pm

Join us for a film screening and discussion with the creators of The Lost Bird Project, a film that honors five extinct North American birds. The film follows sculptor Todd McGrain on his journey to install the large bronze memorials he creates in the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild. A discussion with McGrain and Andy Stern, Executive Producer of the film, will follow the screening.

Nov.
15
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Meet the Mammals

Sat., Nov. 15, 2014 | 10 am – 4 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.

Nov.
21
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Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired – Members’ Preview

Fri., Nov. 21, 2014 | 6 – 8 pm

Burke members are invited to join us for food, beverages, live entertainment, and an exclusive sneak peek of our newest exhibit Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired before it opens to the public.

Nov.
24
Burke Room

Bees! Colony Collapse Discussion and Mead Tasting

Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Join SCARABS for a unique look at bees; the gifts they give and the challenges they face. Taste delicious mead brewed by Sky River Brewing and hear the latest on colony collapse—a disorder taking a huge bite out of our nation's commercial bee populations. 

Dec.
6
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Fly Tying and Fishing Artifacts from the Burke Collections

Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 | 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Join us for a special day devoted to how humans fish!  See displays of fishing hooks, lures, and nets that were used by fishermen on the shores of Puget Sound hundreds of years ago. Try your hand at tying flies with members of the Washington Fly Fishing Club. Then, at 1 p.m., there will be a presentation on Fly Tying with Ryan Smith, biologist, fisherman, and owner of The Avid Angler. 

Dec.
13
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Geology Merit Badge Day at the Burke Museum

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Boy Scouts are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Learn about rocks, minerals, mining and mineral recovery, Mohs' scale of hardness, earth science careers, geologic maps and more!