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January 02, 2014

Want to learn more about your treasured artifacts?

Burke Museum hosts 29th annual Artifact ID Day

Saturday January 25, 2014, 1 – 3:30 pm
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Seattle – What do you collect? Along with objects from the natural and cultural world, the Burke Museum collects experts. Join us for Artifact ID Day, the one day a year where all of our experts are in one place to help you delve more into the objects that matter to you.

Past Artifact ID Days have uncovered such rare items as a 5,000-year-old stone tool, a twined basketry doll made by a Tlingit weaver, and a drinking cup made from a walrus’s tusk. What do you have?

The Burke is prepared to provide information about Native American, Pacific Island, and Southeast Asian baskets, blankets, and cultural artifacts as well as archaeological materials, fossils, rocks, minerals, and bones. No appraisals will be given. The Burke Museum does not authenticate items for sale.

Artifact ID Day is included in museum admission and is free for Burke members. Please bring in a limit of three items per visitor due to the event's popularity.

High-resolution images are available, contact burkepr@uw.edu.

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The Burke Museum is located on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of NE 45th St. and 17th Ave. NE. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month. Prorated parking fees are $15 and partially refundable upon exit if paid in cash. Call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org. The Burke Museum is an American Alliance of Museums-accredited museum.

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.7264 (fax), or email at dso@u.washington.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.


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A Burke Museum expert examines a visitor’s basket at a past Artifact ID Day.
Photo © Jack Storms/Storms PhotoGraphic.