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Family Events

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

Jan.
4
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ArtVenture Comes to the Burke

Sun., Jan. 4, 2015 | 2 – 3:30 pm

In December and January, the Burke is teaming up with our friends at the Henry for a two-part workshop during which we will explore relationships between multiple generations and family structures. Join us at the Burke to explore cultures presented in Pacific Voices and Here & Now.

Jan.
10
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Archaeology Day

Sat., Jan. 10, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Have you ever wondered what’s under Seattle? At this year’s Archaeology Day, explore clues found underground—and under water—that tell us how humans lived on the shores of Puget Sound over the past 500 years.

Jan.
31
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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.

Feb.
14
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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.

Mar.
6
Kane Hall, Room 130

Molecular Paleontology (or How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs) with Dr. Mary Schweitzer

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.  

Apr.
25
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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!