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“Fantastic Northwest Museum”

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Ranked #88 of 468 things to do in Seattle
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 23, 2013

The Burke is locate on the University of Washington campus and is a real gem. Lots of Northwest history from their complete Mastodon skeleton to 1,000 of indigenous historical pieces and since they work directly with the university, they are have an amazing ornithology collection as well as so much more. There are always new exhibits, lectures, and fun things to do, especially of youth. I put this museum in my top five world wide and I have been to many museums. Good things do come in small packages!

Thank tall_six6
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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This small museum has some amazing bones--a mastodon, saber toothed cat and a giant sloth were quite interesting. There's enough to keep a family busy for about an hour, perhaps a bit more.

Thank Anne M
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

A lot of subjects covered in the Burke Museum such as the history of plastics (a temp exhibit), the natural history of Washington State, and how Pacific cultures celebrate New Year's. Too little material about too much methinks.

Thank Joe K
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

If you like natural history and indigenous cultures, then this is the best museum to visit in Seattle. The museum is free and showcases the cultures of the Pacific Northwest, as well the natural history of the area. It does an excellent job of including information about what you are seeing, without overwhelming you, something I have seen plenty of other museums do.

I also really liked seeing that the museum is involved with the community: the day I visited a group of school children were shown around the museum, then led downstairs where the indigenous cultures collection is housed for an extensive lesson in how the artifacts were used and why they matter to the people who used them--pretty neat! The museum also offers interesting programs for the community, such as Artifact ID Day, where the public is invited to bring their heirlooms to be evaluated by staff (for preservation, maintenance, or cultural value, not monetary value), and the annual Behind-the-Scenes Night. Sadly, my schedule didn't allow for either, but they sound wonderful! Check out more on their website: http://www.burkemuseum.org/ . The staff were very friendly and more than happy to answer any questions.

The museum is extremely accessible from downtown: just hop on the 43, 49, or any other bus that goes to the University of Washington and ask the driver where you should get off to visit the Burke. You won't regret it.

Thank Ana_Elisa_7
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

This is a smaller museum that can be easily viewed in less than two hours. Focus on native American culture and immigrant groups. Not too much repetition. Easily worth a trip to the U from downtown. Parking was annoying, as this is on the UW campus, and they charge $15 to enter campus with a car. I found street parking outside, but it was difficult and not close.

Thank John S
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