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February 24, 2004

Dinosaur Day - A Family Event with Attitude!

Saturday, March 6, 2004

Seattle - The Burke Museum announces the Year of the Fossil with its most popular annual event, Dinosaur Day ! See the bones of dinosaurs and other fossils - close up - on Sat. March 6, from 10 am to 5 pm ! Dinosaur Day has been going strong for over fifteen years and each year new fossils, from Washington State and from around the globe, are brought out for viewing. Dinosaur Day is included with admission to the museum.

Explore the KidZone , for scads of hands-on activities for the family, from digging for dinosaurs?to dino drawings, dino paper chains, dino flip books, a dino coloring contest and face painting. You can even draw dinosaurs next to professional dinosaur illustrator, Mark Orson. A highlight of Dinosaur Day will be watching a professional fossil preparator actually dig, clean and arrange real fossils on site. In addition, members of the Northwest Paleontological Association and Northwest Shell Club will display their collections and chat with everyone interested in learning more about the fun of fossils.

2004 was recently proclaimed the Year of the Fossil by Governor Locke, in recognition of the important role that Washington State fossils play in developing our knowledge of the earth sciences regionally. The Burke Museum will be celebrating the Year of the Fossil with 12 months of programming, exhibits, and family events focusing on fossils.

Dinosaur Day is the first event of the Year of the Fossil . 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.

Examine the tools that fossil hunters use to unearth their fabulous finds. 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. 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.

RELATED EVENTS

Save the date!

Dinosaurs of Darkness

March 25- October 10, 2004

On Thursday, March 24, the Burke will unveil the next event in the Year of the Fossil, with the opening of the Australian exhibit, Dinosaurs of Darkness ! See full-scale skeletons of dinosaurs from the polar regions of the globe. Dinosaurs of Darkness is a riveting international touring exhibit featuring recently discovered dinosaurs that lived where darkness reigned in winter and temperatures plunged below freezing. Learn about the unusual dinosaurs of Antarctica , Australia , New Zealand , Alaska !

Target Dinosaurs: Family Event

Sat. March 27

10am ?5pm Burke Museum

Learn about the people who really dig?dinosaurs. Meet the curator of Dinosaurs of Darkness , Dr. Patricia Vickers-Rich, take tours of the exhibit Dinosaurs of Darkness, watch a fossil preparator?work with fossils, and learn about the tools of the trade from the experts! A Meet the Scientists?panel discussion on women in geology will also be held at 2:30pm in the Burke Room .

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! 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! Be sure to watch out for more fossil programs in the months ahead!


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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

On Thursday, March 24, the Burke will unveil the next event in the Year of the Fossil, with the opening of the Australian exhibit, Dinosaurs of Darkness ! See full-scale skeletons of dinosaurs from the polar regions of the globe. Dinosaurs of Darkness is a riveting international touring exhibit featuring recently discovered dinosaurs that lived where darkness reigned in winter and temperatures plunged below freezing. Learn about the unusual dinosaurs of Antarctica , Australia , New Zealand , Alaska !

Target Dinosaurs: Family Event

Sat. March 27

10am ?5pm Burke Museum

Learn about the people who really dig?dinosaurs. Meet the curator of Dinosaurs of Darkness , Dr. Patricia Vickers-Rich, take tours of the exhibit Dinosaurs of Darkness, watch a fossil preparator?work with fossils, and learn about the tools of the trade from the experts! A Meet the Scientists?panel discussion on women in geology will also be held at 2:30pm in the Burke Room .

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! 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! Be sure to watch out for more fossil programs in the months ahead!


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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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