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January 23, 2002


Saturday, March 2, 2002
10 am — 5 pm

Seattle -- Come to the Burke Museum on Saturday March 2, from 10 am to 5 pm, and have a blast with creatures from the past! Our popular Dinosaur Day is your chance to come face to face with these mysterious giantsand their teeth!

Rarely seen fossils from the Burke's extensive collection are brought out especially for this annual event, including items that help to explain how dinosaurs became extinct.

See plant and insect fossils from 50-million-year-old Eocene deposits in Eastern Washington, peer over scientist's shoulders as they painstakingly excavate fossil bone from rock, and do your own scrutinizing of our fascinating fossil treasures. Only on Dinosaur Day can you look through tables of dinosaur bones and other dinosaur-era vertebrates, invertebrates, microfossils, plants and minerals, all attended by experts eager to answer your toughest queries.

There'll be plenty of hands-on activities for the entire family. You can make fossil rubbings, "dino" drawings, and write about your favorite dinosaur in your very own Dinosaur and Fossil Field Notebook! Check up on science facts and information and travel the Burke in search of colorful stamps for your Dinosaur Timeline.

Members of the Northwest Paleontological Association will display their collections and chat with everyone interested in learning more about the fun of fossils. You can even examine the tools that fossil hunters use to unearth their fabulous finds!

While you're here, explore the Burke's permanent exhibit, Life and Times of Washington State, and get a glimpse of the meat-eating Allosaurus, Washington's only real dinosaur skeleton! Stroll through a rumbling volcano, study a clutch of 16 real dinosaur eggs, and measure your height against the five-foot-tall thighbone of a giant sauropod. Before you leave, visit the Museum Store to browse through our selection of dinosaur games, puzzles, T-shirts, books and more!


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.org. Please note that there may be additional fees for special exhibits and programs

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