Annual events include Bug Blast, Learning from Archaeology, Dinosaur Day, and more. Fun for the whole family!
Sail-backed meat-eaters, toothy fern-mowers, digging raptors, super-sized crocs, soaring pterosaurs, and pre-Egyptian humans are featured in this journey back in time with National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence and University of Chicago professor, Paul Sereno. Join us as Sereno paints a vivid picture of how a lifetime of discoveries and field research carried him to remote corners of the Sahara to discover dozens of new species. Explore the transformations the land, people, and animals have gone through over millions of years under some of the most brutal conditions on Earth.
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.
Can’t make it to Dino Day to see the South Lake Union Mammoth tusk? Come see the fossil during the last three weekends in March (Saturdays and Sundays, March 15-30).
The tusk is fully enclosed in a plaster jacket (much like a broken arm or leg wrapped in a cast), but you can still learn about the tusk’s conservation process and get a good sense of its gently curved shape and tremendous length of 8 ½ feet! Get an up-close look at other Ice Age fossils (including tusks) from the Burke’s fossil collection, or take guided mini-tours in the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit. Photos of the tusk and its journey, as well as video of it being lifted by a crane out of the AMLI Residential construction site will accompany the tusk on the weekends.
Join the Burke Museum for a special day about Native American art. Explore the incredible artwork of local Native American artists, who are experts in mediums such as weaving, basketry, and beadwork. Meet artists and watch demonstrations of their work. Also attend talks throughout the day in the Burke Room.