What You'll Get
When asked to posit the most exciting place to take a date, a professor, or a professor's gracefully aging mom on a date, most individuals who didn't say "a mall" or "ketchup" said "the museum, of course." Today's Groupon brings the thrill of exploration and educational empowerment with an individual one-year membership to The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington for $15. A shiny membership card to the state's oldest museum will make you feel right at home with your collection of history-stuffed mason jars full of fossils, rocks, extinct plants, and croissants.
After putting on an all-puppet production of Shakespeare's A Winter's Tale to the disdain of their business-minded fathers, the members of the Young Naturalists Society decided to start their own museum of artifacts and nifty facts. The resulting Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is a nesting ground for Northwest natural history. A blend of permanent and rotating exhibits bejewels the senses through The Life and Times of Washington State exhibit, which guides the viewer past the state's oldest tusk-wielding citizens and shows how tuskless we've become in 545 million years. Through May 31, the museum proudly displays the Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway exhibit, where you can see how professionally excavated fossils stack up against the dino-bones you uncovered in the basement crawlspace.
Membership to the museum includes a year of unlimited admission and free early admission to such special events as Dinosaur Day on March 6. You'll get invites to new-exhibit preview parties and the annual "Behind-the-Scenes Night," when you'll have the opportunity to chat with the curators and tour the museum's collections and research areas, plus 10% off at both the gift shop and Burke Café. Your Burke Museum membership will also get you reciprocal admission at the Port Townsend Marine Science Center and Stonerose Fossil Center in Republic, WA. Pick the toffee crumbs off your tweed coat with the leather patches and tell your discovery shoes that new adventures in the realms of natural history and heritage are afoot.
Zagat rates the appeal, facilities, and service of The Burke Museum as “very good to excellent.”
- This “small gem of a museum” on the University of Washington campus houses “first-class” exhibits exploring “links to the Northwest’s” natural history, including items from Pacific Island and Asian cultures as well as “excellent Native American artifacts” like totem poles and canoes; a “hangout” for student types… – Zagat
- An excellent museum for children and adults. It seems to have something to offer for both. – Sean M., Yelp
- Their collection of NW native american [sic] artifacts and culture is amazing. It was a real learning experience. They also have a prehistoric exibit [sic] which is pretty cool. It really is a great museum. – kee22, Citysearch
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Feb 9, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Membership starts the day of purchase. Not valid for existing members. Not tax deductible. Valid photo ID required for admission. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.