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Family Events

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

Sept.
21
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Bug Blast

Sun., Sept. 21, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Buzz on by the Burke as thousands of specimens fly, inch, or crawl to the museum for this favorite annual family event. Examine bugs of all kinds from the Burke’s collections, learn about beneficial bugs, enjoy buggy music, and more!

Sept.
27
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Smithsonian Museum Day

Sat., Sept. 27, 2014 | 10 am – 5 pm

The Burke Museum will open its doors free of charge on Saturday September 27, 2014, as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 10th annual Museum Day Live! A nationwide event, Museum Day Live! offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.

Admission is free only with a Museum Day Live! ticket and is available to download at Smithsonian.com/museumday.

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.
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!

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!