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October 27, 2009

Burke Museum Showcases Best of Mammal Collection at Annual Family Day

Meet the Mammals, Sat., Nov. 14, 10 am - 4 pm

Some mammals fly, others swim, run, walk, or climb; some mammals are big, others are very small; some mammals are herbivores, others are carnivores, omnivores, or insectivores – the diversity of mammals is remarkable, and the Burke Museum's mammalogy collection represents all 29 orders of mammals on the planet. Once a year, the public is invited to see, touch, and learn about the museum's collection of mammals at Meet the Mammals, a family-friendly event.

Meet the Mammals offers people of all ages a special opportunity to see and touch hundredsof specimens from the Burke Museum's mammalogy collection. Bones and pelts of mammals of all shapes and sizes will be on display all day long, and mammal experts will share their knowledge with visitors.

Other highlights of Meet the Mammals include:

  • See fossils of prehistoric mammals from dinosaur times up through 10,000 years ago
  • View art prints depicting marine mammals associated with Northwest Coastal Native cultures
  • See objects from the Burke's archaeology and ethnology collections, illustrating the use of mammals as food, decoration, clothing, and tools in Native cultures
  • Play mammal games and make mammal art
  • See giant whale skulls and learn from experts from the Whale Museum
  • Dress up like a mammal! Join a mammal costume contest for kids at 11 am and 1:30 pm

Meet the Mammals is presented by the mammalogy division of the Burke Museum. The event is included with museum admission.

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Photo by Andrew Waits