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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!

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From Totems to Tennis Shoes: Art and Culture on the Northwest Coast

Tues., Oct. 20, 2015 – Tues., Nov. 10, 2015 | 7 –  8:30 pm

Join us for a discussion of Northwest Coast Native art, an ever-changing artform with artists experimenting with tradition and innovation in remarkable new ways. Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse, Associate Director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art, and UW Visiting Lecturer in American Indian Studies and Art History, leads this four-evening series exploring a cross-section of topics about Northwest Coast art and culture. The series features historical objects from the Burke’s collection as a springboard for discussion of foundational concepts in Northwest Coast aesthetics, as well as the cutting-edge work of today’s Indigenous artists. Issues raised include sovereignty, revitalization, commercialization, pop culture and appropriation. The class is a combination of lecture and discussion. Participation is actively encouraged.

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Creepy-Crawly Cocktails

Thurs., Oct. 22, 2015 | 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Terrified of tarantulas? Scared senseless by snakes? It’s okay, the Burke is here for you.

Grab some liquid courage and your friends to face your fears at the Burke Museum. Get up close and personal with real creepy-crawly critters that no longer bite. We've got bats, spiders and snakes, oh my!

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Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Nov. 5, 2015 | 10 am – 8 pm

On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. We hope you can visit us!

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Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Nov. 5, 2015 – Sat., Nov. 5, 2016 | 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.

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Meet the Mammals

Sat., Nov. 14, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Ever wanted to touch a bat? Or get close to a tiger? Meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection.

Meet the Mammals is the only opportunity of the year for visitors to see hundreds of specimens from the mammalogy collection on display. There will be hands-on activities for the whole family; many of the specimens can be held or touched. Mammal experts are on hand all day long to answer questions and talk about the amazing diversity of mammals!

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Cub Scout Geology Day

Sat., Nov. 21, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Wolf Scouts and Webelos Scouts are invited to day of geology and paleontology exploration at the Burke Museum. Get hands-on with real rocks, minerals, and fossils to complete your geology electives.

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Geology Merit Badge Day at the Burke Museum

Sat., Dec. 12, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Boy Scouts 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 for earning the Geology Merit Badge.