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Annual events include Bug Blast, Learning from Archaeology, Dinosaur Day, and more. Fun for the whole family!

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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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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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Washington State Birthday Party

Thurs., Oct. 1, 2015 | 10 am – 8 pm

Celebrate Washington State’s 126th birthday at the Washington State Museum! Join us for cake, a state symbol challenge, and Washington-themed crafts. Learn the official Washington State Dance with square dance lessons led by the Subversive Square Dancing Society from 6–7:30 pm. Cake will be served at 11:30 am, 2 pm and 6 pm.

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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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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!