New Burke Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Friday, October 11, 8:30–10 AM
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is free and open to the public, and will take place outside the museum in the new Burke Yard.

8:30 AM: Veterans Flag Ceremony led by the Yakama Warriors

9-10 AM: Remarks from:

  • Washington State Governor Jay Inslee
  • University of Washington President Dr. Ana Mari Cauce
  • Senator Jim Honeyford, 15th Legislative District
  • King County Executive Dow Constantine
  • Burke Museum Executive Director Dr. Julie K. Stein

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Visitors and a volunteer in the Northwest Native Art gallery, featuring “The Troll II” mural by Alison Bremner (Tlingit).

Credit: By Mark Stone, courtesy Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture. 

Member & Donor Preview

Friday, October 11, 11 AM – 8 PM

A Burke membership pays for itself in 3 visits to the museum. Not a member? Join today!

Highlights:

  • Microscope investigations, coloring, dino play and more!
  • Hidden Husky Scavenger Hunt
  • Presentation by the Muckleshoot Canoe Family, performances by Lummi Nation tribal members, and live chalk art by Tongan artist Toka Valu
  • Burke Trivia contest and music from local island reggae band Sabyu
  • Carving and weaving demonstrations by local Indigenous and Pacific artists

Featuring food from Off the Rez, Sunrise Griddle, Kathmandu MoMoCha, and Pecos Pit BBQ

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Visitors can step back in time and see the animals and plants that lived in Washington state during the last ice age.

Credit: By Dennis Wise, courtesy Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture.

Grand Opening Day

Saturday, October 12, 10 AM – 5 PM

Highlights:

  • Microscope investigations, coloring, Hidden Husky Scavenger Hunt, and more!
  • Songs by students at Chief Sealth, instrumentals with the Hmong youth and elders, and storytelling with elders from the Duwamish Tribe
  • Polynesian dance performances, Tahitian and Hula dance by Huraiti Mana, and theatre performance by Red Eagle Soaring
  • Ask questions with KUOW’s SoundQ’s and create with the Henry Art Gallery
  • Carving and weaving demonstrations by local Indigenous and Pacific artists

Featuring food from Off the Rez, Pecos Pit BBQ, and Alchemy Ice Cream.

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A Baird’s beaked whale skeleton swims above visitors as they enter the new Burke Museum.

Credit: By Mark Stone, courtesy Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture.

Grand Opening: Kids' Day

Sunday, October 13, 10 AM – 5 PM

Kids are VIPs at the New Burke on Kids' Day!

Highlights:

  • Under the Sea Story Time, Baby Shark Dance Party, Fish Show and Tell with Collections Manager Katherine Maslenikov
  • Hidden Husky Scavenger Hunt
  • Get moving with Kid Zumba and enjoy a performance by Little Swans, a youth dance group from the Plateau
  • Dance and song by Guma Imahe, a Chamoru performance group
  • Carving and weaving demonstrations by local Indigenous and Pacific artists

Featuring food from Off the Rez, Mini the Doughnut, and Alchemy Ice Cream.

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Visitors can experience real-time research with world-class scientists at the New Burke.

Credit: By Dennis Wise, courtesy Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture. 

Grand Opening: Indigenous Peoples' Day
Monday, October 14, 10 AM – 5 PM
Monday, October 14, is Indigenous Peoples' Day in the City of Seattle and at the Burke Museum!

Highlights:

  • Microscope investigations, coloring, fossil rubbing and more!
  • Hidden Husky Scavenger Hunt
  • Open Mic with Indigenous and Pacific communities and live chalk art with artist Dozfy
  • Ask questions with KUOW’s SoundQ’s
  • Connect with Longhouse Media, an Indigenous media company, on their current and future projects
  • Carving and weaving demonstrations by local Indigenous and Pacific artists

Featuring food from Off the Rez and Sunrise Griddle

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Get a closer look at canoes and other watercraft in the new Culture is Living gallery.

Credit: By Dennis Wise, courtesy Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture.