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Travelling Exhibit

When the Nisqually quake shook Seattle on February 28 of 2001, Burke staff were already hard at work on a new earthquake exhibit. In an instant, the scope of that project began to grow.

The Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest will include not only a major exhibit at the Burke Museum, but also a variety of components designed to serve communities throughout the Northwest.

The heart of the project is a free-standing, 8 ft x 24 ft set of travelling panels that address key concepts every Northwesterner should know: why earthquakes are inevitable here, what hazards they present, and what we can do to prepare. Along with the travelling panels are hands-on interactive models, study kits for use in classrooms, and a computer CD with historic photos of Washington earthquakes, and animations of buildings shaking, ground motion, and tsunamis washing over the land.

Bookings for the traveling exhibit The Big One: Earthquakes in the Pacific Northwest are filling fast; call 206-616-1550 now for available dates.

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Locations and Dates
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Exhibit Locations and Dates

See below for the current schedule of The Big One travelling exhibit; call 206-616-1550 to book during the available dates.

June 12-Jul 11 Naval Undersea Museum, Keyport, WA 360-396-4148
July 17-Sep 18 Ilwaco Heritage Museum, Ilwaco, WA 360-642-3446
Sep 25-Oct 23 N. Central Regional Library, Wenatchee , WA 509-663-1117
Oct 30-Nov 28 Westport Maritime Museum, Westport, WA 360-268-0078
Dec 4-31 Island County Historical Museum, Coupeville, WA 360-678-3310

Jan 8-Mar 12 Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, OR 541-867-0357
April 23-May 21 Skagit Valley College, Norwood Cole Library, Mt. Vernon, WA 360-416-7761
July 2-Jul 30 Sequim Museum & Arts Center, Sequim, WA 360-681-2257

Jan 2-March 9 Port Townsend Marine Science Center, Port Townsend, WA 360-385-5582

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