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Family Events

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

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 tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur.

Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how paleontologists 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 animals no human has ever seen.

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Dino Day

Sat., Mar. 7, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Dig deep into dinosaur mysteries at the Burke Museum! Crack the prehistoric case to discover what we can find out about dinosaurs through their poop, teeth, bones, and more! Also talk to Burke paleontologists about their latest find—the 10-foot-long legs of the duck-billed dino Edmontosaurus—and see them on display for the first time. 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, apparel, carvings, sculptures, and other works by 13 emerging and established Northwest Native artists. Art demonstrations including basket weaving, metal work, skinning and painting a drumhead, carving using traditional tools, and jewelry-making will be ongoing throughout the event.

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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.