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A real T. rex skull, and dinosaur-themed fun for kids, at Seattle's Burke Museum

It's all dinos, all the time, during Fossil Fridays at the Burke Museum on the UW campus.

Photo: Burke Museum

UPDATE: The Burke Museum is closing at the end of 2018 to prepare to reopen in its new, improved facility. Admission will be free Dec. 26-30, so check it out while you still can!

ALSO: They're planning a gala New Year's Eve party (21+ only) beginning at 8 p.m. on Dec. 31. Here's how they describe it: "Past and present will collide in a kaleidoscope of light and color. Come experience eight rooms of movement and sound as DJs, live bands, dancers, artists and slam poets come together to celebrate as the Burke takes flight into a new year and a new building."

Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door; proceeds will go to the new Burke. Details here.


Meanwhile, back to our previous Burke Museum, dino-related news:

Did you know that paleontologists at our very own Burke Museum are excitedly and carefully working away on a real, actual skull from a Tyrannosaurus Rex (T. rex)?


They recently reported that they have found all (100 percent) of the dinosaur’s skull and jaw bones. This is one of around 15 T. rex skulls known to exist in the world, by the way.


There are several ways that you — and your dino-loving kids — can witness this exciting work as it progresses:


Visit the Burke any day, or for a special dinosaur-themed day (see below). But know that the museum on the UW campus is closing Dec. 30, to prepare to transition into its new, improved facility, due to open next fall. In the meantime, the skull is being prepared in the publicly viewable paleontology lab in the Burke’s "Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress" exhibit. Every day, visitors can see the progress being made on the fossil.


“I work on this T. rex all the time and there’s never a day where it doesn’t blow my mind,” said Michael Holland, Burke Museum fossil preparator, shown in photo below.

Go online: You can watch a recent T. rex prep update with Holland on the Burke’s Facebook page


Special events: Fossil Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Celebrate Fossil Fridays at the Burke Museum and see live fossil preparation as paleontologists work on the “Tufts-Love” T. rex skull and other fossils.

I Dig Dinos (Sundays) 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bring your budding paleontologist to the Burke the last Sunday of each month for monthly fossilized fun. Enjoy prehistoric stations ranging from touching real fossils, making discoveries in the dino dig pit, solving dinosaur mysteries, dino dressup and more. Activities and themes change monthly. Open to everyone but geared especially toward ages 3-7. 

Upcoming themes for I Dig Dinos:

Sunday, December 16: Predators in the Age of Dinosaurs


The Burke Museum is the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture and is the oldest public museum in Washington. It is on the University of Washington campus, at the corner of Northeast 45th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and until 8 p.m. on first Thursdays. Admission: $10 general, $8 senior, $7.50 student/ youth. Admission is free to children four and under, Burke members, UW students, faculty, and staff. Admission is free to the public on the first Thursday of each month.

More information online. And go here to learn about the new Burke Museum, scheduled to open in late 2019.

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