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Birds at the Burke

Sat., Oct. 10, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Flock to the Burke for a fun-filled day celebrating all things feathered! See hundreds of specimens, watch as scientists prepare birds for research and get birding tips from local experts.


  • Meet eight-year-old Gabi Mann and see her collection of “gifts” from local crows
  • See live ornamental birds and learn about raising pheasants, ducks and more
  • Test your bird IQ with “Birding Jeopardy”
  • "From the Arctic to the Andes," beautiful birds and beautiful places of the Americas with renowned photographer Paul Bannick
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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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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!