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Here & Now: 12th Fan Family Fun

Sat., Nov. 29, 2014 – Sun., Nov. 30, 2014 | 10 am –  4:30 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

The original Seahawks logo was inspired by the rich artistic tradition of the Native Peoples of the Northwest, a tradition that is alive, growing and inspiring new a generation of artists. In that spirit, we invite fans and families to join the Burke for a weekend of sharing the past, capturing the present and dreaming of the future.

Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Dec. 4, 2014 | 10 am – 8 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., Dec. 4, 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.

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. 

12’s FREE Friday

Fri., Dec. 12, 2014 | 10 am – 5 pm

FREE Admission

As a special thank you to all the supporters and fans who helped bring the Kwakwaka’wakw transformation mask that inspired the original Seahawks logo to Seattle, we're offering FREE admission on Friday, December 12, 2014!

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 chaperones are free* Registration required

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!

ArtVenture at the Henry Art Gallery

Sun., Dec. 14, 2014 | 2 – 3:30 pm

In December and January, the Burke is teaming up with our friends at the Henry for a two-part workshop during which we will explore relationships between multiple generations and family structures across cultures. Join us at the Henry to create family symbols inspired by the animal hides in Ann Hamilton: the common S E N S E.

ArtVenture Comes to the Burke

Sun., Jan. 4, 2015 | 2 – 3:30 pm

$10/family, FREE for Burke and Henry members.

In December and January, the Burke is teaming up with our friends at the Henry for a two-part workshop during which we will explore relationships between multiple generations and family structures. Join us at the Burke to explore cultures presented in Pacific Voices and Here & Now.

Archaeology Day

Sat., Jan. 10, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members

Archaeology Day 2015 will focus on archaeology of the last 500 years and urban settlement in the Pacific Northwest. Visitors will learn about the archaeology of the Puget Sound region including: recent discoveries, how archaeology is used to study both the past and the present, and the wide variety of research that is done in our local communities.

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.

Field Sketching: Arctic Animals

Sat., Feb. 21, 2015 | 10 am – 3 pm

Course fee: $60

Explore the Arctic through ink and watercolor with expeditionary artist Maria Coryell-Martin. This hands-on workshop will cover the fundamental tools for field sketching and painting using bones and specimens of arctic terns, walrus, polar bear, narwhal, and musk ox from the Burke Museum's collection.

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.