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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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Super Bowl Rally with the Mask

Fri., Jan. 30, 2015 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Seattle Seahawks are undefeated since the mask that inspired the logo was unveiled for display at the Burke Museum.

Let's send that good luck to Arizona!

Wear your Seahawks gear and get ready to GET LOUD—we will have souvenir noisemakers for the first 500 people who attend! Featuring a special performance by "One Crazy Raven" storyteller Gene Tagaban and "GET LOUD" help from the UW Cheer Squad.

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Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge Day

Sat., Jan. 31, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

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.

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Girl Scouts: Natural Scientists

Sat., Feb. 14, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

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.

Kane Hall, Room 130

How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs?

Fri., Mar. 6, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

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.  

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Dino Day

Sat., Mar. 7, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Join the Burke Museum for our most popular annual event! Get an up-close view of the Burke Museum’s paleontology collections. See and touch fossils, meet Burke paleontologists, try out a fossil dig pit, and more! Included with museum admission; free for Burke members, who receive exclusive early admission to the museum at 9 am.

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Northwest Native Art Market

Sun., Mar. 29, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase original art directly from artists. The market will feature prints, jewelry, woven works, carvings and other works by eight (or more) emerging and established Northwest Native artists. Check in Mid-February for a full list of artists and details.

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Cub Scout Geology Day

Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 | 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. 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!

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Artifact ID Day

Sat., May 9, 2015 | 1 – 3 pm

What do you collect? Come share your knowledge and objects with Burke Museum experts, and find out more about your intriguing artifacts. We can work with you on objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the natural world. No appraisals will be given, limit three items per person due to the event’s popularity.