When asked to posit the most exciting place to take your partner, child, child's mail carrier, or professor's gracefully aging mom, most people say "a mall" or "ketchup" said "the museum, of course." Today's side deal gets you and your clan a one-year family membership to The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington for $27. You'll receive unlimited admission for two adults and four youthies under 18, as well as free early admission to such special events as Dinosaur Day on March 6, new-exhibit preview parties, and the annual "Behind-the-Scenes Night," 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.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture combines permanent and rotating exhibits such as The Life and Times of Washington State exhibit, which guides the viewer through the state's ancient timeline from the age of mammoths to the mammoth modern age of humans. Through May 31, the museum proudly displays the Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway exhibit, where you can see how professionally excavated fossils compare against the trilobite farm you recently found in the bathtub.
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
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