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January 01, 2005

ARTIFACT IDENTIFICATION DAY

Sat. Jan. 22, 1-4 pm

Seattle– It’s a Burke “road show.” Load up your treasures and bring them down to the Burke Museum to learn more about where they came from and the stories behind them!

Bring in treasures from your attics and basements on Sat., Jan. 22, 2005 from 1 to 4 pm when experts will be on hand to help you discover the unique stories in your own personal collection.

Stump the curators in Ethnology, Paleontology, and Archaeology. These curators and other specialists will be available to make identifications of your cultural artifacts (from the Northwest, Pacific Islands, and Asia) and objects from the natural world (such as bones, fossils, rocks, minerals, and animal teeth).

Whether it’s the beaded purse you found in a second hand store or the fossil you found at the beach, we will attempt to identify the background on each item. Curators will also be available to answer general questions and discuss current research. A limit of three items per visitor is requested because of the event’s popularity. No appraisals will be given. Artifact ID Day is included with museum admission.

While you are at the Burke, take time to view the newest exhibit Burgess Shale: Evolution’s Big Bang. This exhibit tells the story of one of the most important fossil sites in Northwestern North America. The bizarre and diverse 500 +-million-year-old fossils include the ancestors of most living animals, as well as mysterious and still controversial creatures, unlike any known today. The exhibit was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology. Its presentation at the Burke is sponsored by the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences and the Hugh and Jane Ferguson Foundation.
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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 1st Thursdays. Admission fee is $8.00 adult (18–64), $6.50 senior (65+), $5 youth/students (w/ID), and FREE to children 4 and under. Admission is free to Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff, and to the public on the first Thursday of each month. For 24-hour recorded information, please call 206-543-5590 or visit www.burkemuseum.org.

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