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Upcoming Events

The Burke offers a special event for everyone with popular annual family events like Dino Day, lectures with prominent leaders in the arts and sciences, exhibit-related programs, cultural festivals, and more!

Sept.
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Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Sept. 4, 2014 – Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014

On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. Hands-on activities are offered each month.

Sept.
4
College Inn Pub

Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Sept. 4, 2014 – Fri., Dec. 5, 2014 | 8 –  10 pm

The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.

Burke Trivia Night happens every first Thursday at 8 pm at the College Inn Pub.

Hosted by the Burke Museum at the College Inn Pub, 4006 University Way NE. Support for Trivia Night was provided by the University of Washington Graduate School. This is a 21+ event.

Sept.
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Mad Campus: Temporary art installation on Burke Museum grounds

Sat., Sept. 13, 2014 – Sat., Oct. 25, 2014

This fall, the University of Washington campus will become Seattle’s most expansive art gallery. From September 13 through October 25, MadArt, in association with ArtsUW, will present “Mad Campus,” an outdoor public art exhibition that features 12 large-scale, site-specific works and spans approximately 2.5 miles. Look for an installation outside the Burke Museum.

Sept.
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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!

Oct.
11
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Mammoth Mania

Sat., Oct. 11, 2014 – Sun., Oct. 12, 2014 | 10 am –  5 pm

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 full mammoth skeleton and the oldest mammoth tooth in Seattle, and sign LuLu’s cast before her tusk goes behind the scenes for conservation.

Oct.
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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.

Nov.
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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!