“Plastics Unwrapped” at the Burke Museum

Each year, the Burke hosts thousands of UW students from many departments across campus. From conservation photography, to recent discoveries in natural history, to the finest traditional and contemporary cultural arts, Burke exhibits provide an environment for thoughtful questioning and stimulating discussion.
Preview the exhibits and plan a visit that you lead, or send your students to complete an assignment. Burke educators can work with you to design a visit that meets your curriculum needs and class schedule. Please contact us in advance to schedule a time for your visit. Doing so ensures that your students have access to the resources they need for a brilliant learning experience.

This winter, the Burke Museum presents Plastics Unwrapped.

This new exhibit explores how material culture was changed – rapidly and perhaps permanently – by plastics. Learn what life was like before plastics, how they are made, why they’re so convenient to use, and what happens after we throw them away.

Life and Times of Washington (ongoing)

Over 500 million years of geological history! Lethal lava, grinding glaciers, and rampaging reptiles—marvel at the natural forces that shaped Washington’s landscape, and at the amazing animals that once lived here.

Pacific Voices (ongoing)

Over 17 different cultures represented. Immerse yourself in the lives of native peoples from around the Pacific; learn about their arts, ceremonies and personal stories.

Coming next: Empowering Women – Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities June 15, 2013 – October 27, 2013
To reserve a tour time or for more information about exhibits or programs, contact Burke Education at burked.

The museum is open every day from 10am – 5pm.

Be sure to check the event website for a complete list of our weekly events aimed at encouraging discussion about our relationship with the natural world —around the world and in our own backyard.