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January 15, 2002


Seattle -- Saturday January 26, 2002 is Artifact ID Day at the Burke! This is your once-yearly opportunity to bring in the treasures from your attics and basements and let our experts help you discover the unique stories residing in your personal collection.

Burke Museum Anthropology, Archaeology, and Zoology staff and curators will be on hand to make identifications of your cultural artifacts (from the Northwest, Pacific Islands, and Asia) and objects from the natural world (like bugs, bones, fossils, rocks, minerals, animal teeth, and bird nests). So whether it's the basket handed down from your grandmother, the spider you found in the bathtub, or an arrowhead your child uncovered in the backyard, you'll want to pack it up, bring it down to the Burke, and find out the story behind it!

Curators will also be available to answer questions and discuss their current research. There is a limit of three items per visitor, because of the event's popularity (no limit on bugs). No appraisals will be given. Artifact ID Day is included with museum admission.

While you're here, take some time to view the Burke's intriguing temporary exhibit, Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times: China's Cultural Revolution. The first museum exhibition of artifacts from the Cultural Revolution to be mounted in the United States, this is a fascinating journey back in time to an era in which the image of Chairman Mao Zedong permeated every aspect of Chinese society. The exhibit runs though March 10, 2002, and then travels throughout Washington and Oregon.

Permanent exhibits at the Burke include: Life and Times of Washington State, an interactive romp through the geologic history of our region; Pacific Voices, a cultural exhibit featuring artifacts and stories of 19 different cultures of the Pacific Rim, and Treasures of the Burke, a fascinating display of some of the favorites from our museum collections.


The Burke Museum is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm on Thursdays. Admission is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3.50 students/ youth, FREE to children 5 and under. Admission is free to Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff, and to the public on the first Thursday of each month. An additional fee may apply for special exhibits and programs. For 24-hour recorded information, please call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.orgPlease note that there may be additional fees for special exhibits and programs. Please note that there may be additional fees for special exhibits and programs.

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