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Upcoming Events

Boy Scout Archaeology Merit Badge Day

Sat., Jan. 31, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

$18 per Boy Scout, troop leaders and all adult chaperones are free* Pre-registration required

Registration for this event is full. Boy Scouts are invited to earn their Archaeology awards at the Burke with hands-on archaeology experiences. Work with professional archaeologists and real artifacts to see inside the life of an archaeologist. Practice flint knapping, visit the University of Washington’s archaeology dating lab, and find out what to do if you come across an artifact in the field.

Free First Thursdays

Thurs., Feb. 5, 2015 – Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015


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., Feb. 5, 2015 – Thurs., Dec. 3, 2015 | 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.

Members’ Behind-the-Scenes Night

Wed., Feb. 11, 2015 | 5 – 8 pm

A free benefit of membership

Join us as we venture into the Burke collections to see and discover objects—from the everyday to the exotic. Don't miss this exclusive chance to meet curators and collections staff from every Burke division. Learn how the Burke's collections tell the story of the life before us, and how our researchers use these objects to generate new discoveries.

Girl Scouts: Natural Scientists

Sat., Feb. 14, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

$18 per Girl Scout, troop leaders and all adult chaperones are free* Pre-registration required

Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are invited to a day of Natural Science exploration at the Burke Museum. Come and meet scientists from the University of Washington to explore different careers in science.

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.

How Do We Know What We Know About Dinosaurs?

Fri., Mar. 6, 2015 | 7 – 8:30 pm

FREE FOR ALL; pre-registration recommended

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 tissues, blood, and DNA have profoundly expanded our understanding of what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur.

Dr. Schweitzer’s lecture will explore how paleontologists 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 animals no human has ever seen.

Dino Day

Sat., Mar. 7, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members, UW students, staff & faculty w/UW ID

Dig deep into dinosaur mysteries at the Burke Museum! Crack the prehistoric case to discover what we can find out about dinosaurs through their poop, teeth, bones, and more! Also talk to Burke paleontologists about their latest find—the 10-foot-long legs of the duck-billed dino Edmontosaurus—and see them on display for the first time. See and touch fossils, meet Burke paleontologists, try out a fossil dig pit, and more! Included with museum admission; free for Burke members, who receive exclusive early admission to the museum at 9 am.

Northwest Native Art Market

Sun., Mar. 29, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members, UW students, staff & faculty w/UW ID

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to purchase original art directly from artists. The market will feature prints, jewelry, woven works, carvings and other works by eight (or more) emerging and established Northwest Native artists. Check in Mid-February for a full list of artists and details.

Geology of our National Parks with Dr. Stan Chernicoff

Tues., Apr. 7, 2015 – Tues., Apr. 28, 2015 | 7 –  8 pm

$100, limited to 70 people

North America's National Parks are some of the world's most scenically spectacular places. They are also extraordinary laboratories in which to explore and discover virtually all things geological. This 4-week lecture series, which will highlight some of the very best geological stories within America's parks, focuses on the American West -- from Yellowstone, Glacier, and the Tetons in the Rockies to the wonders of the Colorado Plateau in Zion, Arches, Canyonlands, Petrified Forest, and the Grand Canyon.

7th Annual Environmental Writing: Inspire, Observe, Inhabit

Sat., Apr. 11, 2015 | 9 am – 5 pm

$100 registration fee; 10% discount for Burke Members

Join award-winning authors Priscilla Long, Sierra Nelson, and Craig Romano as they lead classroom and field-based sessions on environmental writing. They bring years of experience as writers, researchers, and teachers. Each is an attentive observer who weaves together history, science, and field time into well-crafted, thought-provoking writing about the natural and cultural world.

Cub Scout Geology Day

Sat., Apr. 25, 2015 | 10 am – 4 pm

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

Cub Scouts and Webelos are invited to earn their Geology awards at the Burke with a special day of earth science activities. Geologists will be on hand to answer questions and direct activities as Cub Scouts learn about rock and mineral identification, mountain building, origins of fossils, volcanoes and more!

Artifact ID Day

Sat., May 9, 2015 | 1 – 3 pm

Included with museum admission; FREE for Burke members, UW students, staff & faculty w/UW ID

What do you collect? Come share your knowledge and objects with Burke Museum experts, and find out more about your intriguing artifacts. We can work with you on objects from Native American cultures, the Pacific Islands, Southeast Asia, and the natural world. No appraisals will be given, limit three items per person due to the event’s popularity.