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September 20, 2002

Beetles and Roaches and Crickets, Oh My!

Seattle - Get up close and personal with all kinds of critters and meet the folks who love them at the Burke's annual "Bug Blast," from 10 am - 5 pm on Sunday, September 29. Touch large live bugs, eat little fried bugs, examine fabulous bug fossils, and wade through tables and tables and tables of bug specimens from around the world. Kids will love having their faces painted with bug face designs, making bug-oriented crafts, and checking out little tiny bugs under microscopes. Visitors of all ages will get a kick out of watching worker bees tend their queen in a transparent beehive, and can peek into the hidden lives of ants through our live Ant Cam! David Gordon, popular author of the "Eat-a-Bug Cookbook," will host a tantalizing insect culinary event- ever tasted a cockroach?

At 1 pm, KING5 television personality Ciscoe Morris will present "Bugs, Eek, Squish, Splat!" in the Pacific Voices exhibit. You'll hear all sorts of fun stories about how bugs help us in our gardening, how fun they are to watch, and the various things that bugs do. Ciscoe's presentation will be illustrated by puppets and his own personal bug collection-a whole lot of fun for kids, with plenty of practical information for adult gardeners too!

Members of Scarabs: The Bug Society will be on hand all day to answer your buggy questions and to help identify your bug collections. And while you're at the Burke, you must check out our 9-foot-high Bug Wall, the transparent tomb of 600 specimens of Washington insects. Don't miss "Bug Blast" at the Burke, where you'll learn about 90% of the world's animals and have a 100% creepy crawly good time! Time to get buggy...

After making a glitter bug magnet and finding out the identities of your bugs, visit the permanent exhibits at the Burke: In the lobby, the Treasures case displays a sampling of some of the most awe-inspiring pieces in the Burke collection of more than 4-million objects, specimens, and artifacts. Explore the past 545-million years of Washington State history in the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit, where you can ogle the only real dinosaur skeletons in the region! In our Pacific Voices exhibit you'll enjoy visiting the cultures of the Pacific Rim without even fighting the crowds at Sea-Tac! Afterwards, have a cookie and a latte in the atmospheric Burke Museum Caf-the fitting close to a day of adventure and learning.
Coming in October: Out of the Silence-The Enduring Power of Totem Poles (October 3, 2002 - September 1, 2003), a landmark Northwest Coast art exhibit featuring photography by Adelaide de Menil and monumental sculpture from the renowned Burke Museum collection.

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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. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm daily and until 8 pm Thursdays. Admission is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 students/ youth. The Burke is free to members, children 5 and under, UW students, staff, and faculty. Admission is free to the public the first Thursday of each month. For more information and a complete calendar of events, visit www.burkemuseum.org or call 206-543-7907. Please note that there may be additional fees for special exhibits and programs

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