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Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Thurs., Mar. 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.

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.

Meet the Artists Series: Lou-Ann Ika’wega Neel

Wed., Mar. 11, 2015 | 7 pm

FREE FOR ALL

The Burke is pleased to offer three special opportunities to meet artists from our current exhibition, Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired. Each evening will include ample opportunity to meet informally with the featured artist during a reception with refreshments, an informal gallery tour, reflection on current art practice and interests, and Q&A with the audience. On March 11, meet  Lou-ann Ika’wega Neel, Kwakwaka’wakw Artist and Community Organizer.

ArtTalk Keynote Program: We Got Styles!

Fri., Mar. 27, 2015 | 7 pm

FREE FOR ALL; pre-registration recommended

Join leading scholars and Native American/First Nations artists as they present and discuss current trends and recent research on the distinctive art traditions of our region. They will examine the last 50 years of Northwest Coast art, as marked by the 50th anniversary volume of Bill Holm’s influential book, Northwest Coast Indian Art: Analysis of Form, and look forward to the next fifty years in an art form and cultures that are thriving and innovative.

The symposium begins on Friday, March 27th at 7pm with a keynote program by Dr. Robin Wright and artists Qwalsius Shaun Peterson (Tulalip/Puyallup) and David R. Boxley (Tsimshian) discussing the past 50 years of ​Northwest Coast Native art including the impact of Bill Holm's influential text Northwest Coast Indian Art: An Analysis of Form.

ArtTalk Symposium—Conversations on Northwest Native Art

Sat., Mar. 28, 2015 | 9:30 am – 4 pm

FREE FOR ALL; registration recommended

Join leading scholars and Native American/First Nations artists as they present and discuss current trends and recent research on the distinctive art traditions of our region. They will examine the last 50 years of Northwest Coast art, as marked by the 50th anniversary volume of Bill Holm’s influential book, Northwest Coast Indian Art: Analysis of Form, and look forward to the next fifty years in an art form and cultures that are thriving and innovative.

These talks are part of the second day in a two-day symposium.

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, apparel, carvings, sculptures, and other works by 13 emerging and established Northwest Native artists. Art demonstrations including basket weaving, metal work, skinning and painting a drumhead, carving using traditional tools, and jewelry-making will be ongoing throughout the event.

Geology of our National Parks with Dr. Stan Chernicoff

Tues., Apr. 7, 2015 – Tues., Apr. 28, 2015 | 7 –  8:30 pm

$100 for non-members, $90 for Burke Members, 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.

Spring Break Day Camp: Stories and Art of the Northwest Coast

Tues., Apr. 14, 2015 | 9 am – 4 pm

$75; 10% Discount to Burke Members and UW ID Holders

Join us for a day of storytelling and art-making inspired by the traditions of our region! Explore the Here & Now exhibit with professional storyteller and artist Roger Fernandes, then create a graphic novel inspired by the stories you have heard.

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.

Gems and Geology: Girl Scout Day

Sat., May 16, 2015 | 10 am – 3 pm

$18 per Girl Scout, troop leaders and all adult chaperones are free, patch included

Junior Girl Scouts, Brownies, and Daisies are invited to participate in hands-on earth science activities to become a Burke Young Naturalist. Sleuth out real jewels from fake look-alikes, investigate fossil mysteries, watch rocks transform into gems, design your own paper crystal, and more!