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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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Address: University of Washington, 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th, Seattle, WA 98195
Phone Number: 206 543 5590
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Description: This museum on the campus of the University of Washington is sure to hold...
This museum on the campus of the University of Washington is sure to hold your kids attention span with its exhibits on dinosaur fossils and its recreations of the scaly behemoths.
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Great museum

This museum is a great snapshot of culture and the rotating exhibit is always interesting. The cafe at the bottom serves Tully's and is nothing too special.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
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Seattle, Washington
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Seattle, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

This museum is a great snapshot of culture and the rotating exhibit is always interesting. The cafe at the bottom serves Tully's and is nothing too special.

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Homer, MI
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Here and Now: Native Artists Inspired was a must see on my visit to Seattle. And oh, my, am I glad I went! This is a terrific exhibit of contemporary Northwest Coast artists, showing their work next to the pieces that inspired them. Museum staff designed the exhibit effectively and included short artists' statements with each contemporary work. It is... More 

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Hudson, OH
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

The type of museum one might expect to find in a city much smaller and less affluent than Seattle. Two floors and I estimate the size at less than 10,000 sf. A pastime, not much more.

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Auburn, Washington
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82 reviews 82 reviews
38 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This place was really cool. Until a couple months ago I didn't even know this place existed. It gave a good overview of the natural history of the PNW. It was a mixture of natural history and anthropological history. It was neat. If you are looking for a trip that won't take all day, but really interesting to see visit... More 

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Lawndale, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

It was a cold, dreary afternoon when my daughter "dragged" us to the Burke. Parking was plentiful. Building looked dreary on the outside so I had my doubts about the visit. As soon as we "checked" in, we were greeted cheerfully by the gal behind the counter who handed us some "maps" and brochures of the museum. As we made... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This museum is to the smaller side but it beautiful displays and teaches about our cultural and natural history. The people involved are dedicated and passionate about their specialties and gem on the UW campus. I always enjoy seeing school children exploring its displays. The lectures and discussions that follow are well worth the time. If only the parking availability... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

A friend and I visited the Burke for the first time with two toddlers who love dinosaurs. The kids had a fantastic time seeing the dinosaur bones, as well as exploring the other exhibits. The collections are small, but a good introduction and very hands-on for children. They learned about volcanoes, rocks/gems, animals, and other cultures around the world. As... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This museum has a great exhibit on fossils/geology/dinosaurs/evolution/etc. on the main floor with plenty of cool fossils, some of which are quite impressive. On the bottom floor there's a fairly extensive exhibit about various Asian cultures. All the exhibits have plenty of information. When I went, it wasn't very crowded or hot - in fact it was almost empty. This... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I liked this museum, but it was stiflingly hot inside. I know air conditioning isn't the norm in Seattle and that it was unusually hot when I was there, but it's a museum! They have taxidermy and textiles that I would think need good climate control. I was not warned when I purchased my ticket about how hot it was... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Great little natural history museum of the Seattle area. Much more up to date and accurate information than the Seattle science museum. I enjoyed the exhibit on why museums exist as well. You can tell this museum is founded in the search for knowledge rather than making money off the public. Parking was easy and cheap. I wish I would... More 

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