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Exclusive to members: exhibit preview parties and behind-the-scenes tours. Not a member yet? Join now for great benefits!

Jan.
29
Burke Room

Ethics and Human Remains – A Discussion

Thurs., Jan. 29, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Human remains are inadvertently discovered in Washington State more than 50 times a year. These remains are then the subject of a complicated and evolving set of state and federal laws. In light of the upcoming presentation of "Fortune’s Bones" - a performance based on the story of Fortune, an enslaved African whose remains were used for research and display - the Burke has assembled a panel of experts who confront these issues every day: Kathy Taylor, King County Forensic Anthropologist; Robert Kopperl, Principal Investigator, SWCA Environmental Consultants, and Guy Tasa, Physical Anthropologist for Washington State. Each will talk briefly about noteworthy cases, followed by a question and answer discussion led by Burke Curator of Archaeology Peter Lape. Join us and find out what would happen if Fortune’s Bones were found today.

Jan.
30
Burke Museum

Super Bowl Rally at the Burke Museum

Fri., Jan. 30, 2015 | 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

The Seattle Seahawks are undefeated since the mask that inspired the logo was unveiled for display at the Burke Museum. Let's send that good luck to Arizona!

Wear your Seahawks gear and get ready to GET LOUD—we will have souvenir noisemakers for the first 500 people who attend! Featuring a special performance by "One Crazy Raven" storyteller Gene Tagaban and "GET LOUD" help from the UW Cheer Squad.

Feb.
11
Burke Museum

Members’ Behind-the-Scenes Night

Wed., Feb. 11, 2015 | 5 – 8 pm

Join us as we venture into the Burke collections to see and discover objects—from the everyday to the exotic. Don't miss this exclusive chance to meet curators and collections staff from every Burke division. Learn how the Burke's collections tell the story of the life before us, and how our researchers use these objects to generate new discoveries.

Mar.
6
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.

Mar.
7
Burke Museum

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.

Mar.
29
Burke Museum

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, carvings and other works by eight (or more) emerging and established Northwest Native artists. Check in Mid-February for a full list of artists and details.

Apr.
7
Burke Room

Geology of our National Parks with Dr. Stan Chernicoff

Tues., Apr. 7, 2015 – Tues., Apr. 28, 2015 | 7 –  8 pm

North America's National Parks are some of the world's most scenically spectacular places. They are also extraordinary laboratories in which to explore and discover virtually all things geological. This 4-week lecture series, which will highlight some of the very best geological stories within America's parks, focuses on the American West -- from Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Tetons in the Rockies to the wonders of the Colorado Plateau in Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon.

May
9
Burke Museum

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.