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Climate Change and Nuclear Risks: A Speaker & Film Series

Wed., Oct. 22, 2014 – Wed., Nov. 19, 2014 | 12:30 –  1:30 pm

FREE and open to the public.

The vast Pacific Ocean, as anthropologist Epeli Hau’ofa noted, does not create divisions between people and places. Instead, the Pacific Ocean unifies. This speaker series, part of a University of Washington class led by Burke Curator of Asian Pacific Ethnology Holly Barker, will examine how the history of the nuclear era—which left behind vulnerable radioactive test sites and storage areas—intersects with climate change, and what we, as global citizens, can do to address these tremendous risks.

Cub Scout Geology Day at the Burke Museum

Sat., Nov. 1, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

$18 per Cub Scout and Webelo, pack leaders and all adult chaperones are free*

Cub Scouts and Webelos are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Learn about rock and mineral identification, mountain building, origins of fossils, volcanoes and more!

Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Nov. 6, 2014 | 10 am – 5 pm


On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. We hope you can visit us!

Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Nov. 6, 2014 – Fri., Dec. 5, 2014 | 8 –  10 pm

$5 per team

The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.

Burke Trivia Night happens every first Thursday at 8 pm at the College Inn Pub.

Hosted by the Burke Museum at the College Inn Pub, 4006 University Way NE. Support for Trivia Night was provided by the University of Washington Graduate School. This is a 21+ event.

Remembering North America’s Extinct Birds: The Lost Bird Project & Fold the Flock

Sun., Nov. 9, 2014 | 1 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

Join us for a film screening and meet the director of The Lost Bird Project, a film that honors five extinct North American birds. The film follows sculptor Todd McGrain on his journey to install the large bronze memorials he creates in the locations where the birds were last seen in the wild. A discussion with Deborah Dickson, the director of the film, will follow the screening.

Meet the Mammals

Sat., Nov. 15, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

Ever wanted to touch a bat? Or get close to a tiger? Meet hundreds of specimens from the Burke Museum’s extraordinary mammalogy collection.

Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired – Members’ Preview

Fri., Nov. 21, 2014 | 6 – 8 pm

FREE for Burke members

Burke members are invited to join us for food, beverages, live entertainment, and an exclusive sneak peek of our newest exhibit Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired before it opens to the public.

Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired – Opening Weekend Programs

Sun., Nov. 23, 2014 | 10:30 am – 2:30 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members.

Meet the artists of Here & Now! Participate in a panel discussion with selected artists whose work is featured in the exhibit, Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired; and join them for in-gallery conversations about their work. See the documentary “Tracing Roots," which offers a heartfelt glimpse into the world of Haida elder and weaver Delores Churchill, and visit with her daughter and renowned weaver Evelyn Vanderhoop. Get and up close view of tools and techniques as Burke Curator Sven Haakanson demonstrates the process of cleaning and preparing a Kodiak bear intestine for use in clothing and boat-making.

Bees! Colony Collapse Discussion and Mead Tasting

Mon., Nov. 24, 2014 | 7 – 8:30 pm

$5.00 admission; FREE for Burke members and members of SCARABS.

Join SCARABS for a unique look at bees; the gifts they give and the challenges they face. Taste delicious mead brewed by Sky River Brewing and hear the latest on colony collapse—a disorder taking a huge bite out of our nation's commercial bee populations. 

Fly Tying and Fishing Artifacts from the Burke Collections

Sat., Dec. 6, 2014 | 12:30 – 2:30 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members.

Join us for a special day devoted to how humans fish!  See displays of fishing hooks, lures, and nets that were used by fishermen on the shores of Puget Sound hundreds of years ago. Try your hand at tying flies with members of the Washington Fly Fishing Club. Then, at 1 p.m., there will be a presentation on Fly Tying with Ryan Smith, biologist, fisherman, and owner of The Avid Angler. 

Geology Merit Badge Day at the Burke Museum

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014 | 10 am – 4 pm

$18 per Boy Scout, troop leaders and all adult chaperons are free*

Boy Scouts are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Learn about rocks, minerals, mining and mineral recovery, Mohs' scale of hardness, earth science careers, geologic maps and more!

Ethics and Human Remains – A Discussion

Thurs., Jan. 29, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

Admission: $5, FREE for Burke Members and UW Students and Staff

Human remains are inadvertently discovered in Washington State more than 50 times a year. These remains are then the subject of a complicated and evolving set of state and federal laws. In light of the upcoming presentation of "Fortune’s Bones" - a performance based on the story of Fortune, an enslaved African whose remains were used for research and display - the Burke has assembled a panel of experts who confront these issues every day: Kathy Taylor, King County Forensic Anthropologist; Robert Kopperl, Principal Investigator, SWCA Environmental Consultants, and Guy Tasa, Physical Anthropologist for Washington State. Each will talk briefly about noteworthy cases, followed by a question and answer discussion led by Burke Curator of Archaeology Peter Lape. Join us and find out what would happen if Fortune’s Bones were found today.

Molecular Paleontology (or How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs) with Dr. Mary Schweitzer

Fri., Mar. 6, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

FREE and open to the public.

Have you ever wondered if a Tyrannosaurus could really outrun a jeep, or if a Velociraptor could turn a doorknob? Dr. Mary Schweitzer’s discoveries about dinosaur soft tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of these fundamental aspects of dinosaur biology. Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how molecular paleontology can help answer questions about dinosaurs like: were they warm- or cold-blooded, what did they eat, how fast did they grow, and did they take care of their babies? Join us and find out how we can know so much about an animal that no human has ever seen.