Burke Museum of Natural History and CultureThe Pacific Northwest of the United States is an area with a long and rich heritage involving Native Americans, gold seeking miners from the Eastern Seaboard of the United States and cultures of the Pacific Rim. The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture aims to promote the natural world and better understanding between cultures with exhibits and artwork. Visitors to the Burke Museum can see 100-million year old dinosaurs, ancient tribal masks and learn how earthquakes have impacted the region. The museum traces its roots to 1885 when a group of naturalists formed a small museum on the University
Shackleton ExhibitThe amazing journey of Sir Earnest Shackleton's 1914 trip to the bottom of the world that didn't return for another two years. Shackleton led his 22-man expedition to within one day's sailing of Antarctica when the Endurance became jammed in by ice flows. The Endurance slowly succumbed to the relentless shifting of the ice flows and eventually sank, leaving the expedition stranded with their lifeboats. Shackleton and his men survived the freezing elements for five months before making their way to Elephant Island, a tiny rock outcrop in the sea. Shackleton and five men would set sail in one lifeboat across 800 miles of stormy seas to land on South Georgia Island. It took Shackleton four attempts to reach his crew with a rescue party. The Endurance expedition was gone from England for
Hours of Operation and LocationThe Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is located on the campus of the University of Washington at the corner of Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast. The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Thursdays, the museum is open until 8 p.m. The museum is closed on the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
For more information about the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, call 206-543-5590.
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