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Discover an array of fellow mammals at Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture’s Meet the Mammals event Saturday. One of a series of events throughout the year highlighting museum collections usually not on display, the day features hundreds of specimens that illustrate the diversity and history of mammals around the world and related information and activities for all ages.

Large, mounted specimens in the lobby welcome visitors for a close-up look to start the journey through the diversity of the world’s largest, smallest, fastest and most colorful mammals. Displays and exhibits, including many specimens to feel and hold, illustrate how mammals adapt to a variety of habitats throughout the world.

Activities include helping Seattle Aquarium staff assemble a life-size Orca whale skeleton and fur to feel and learn how it protects mammals from cold or sun. Kids can make a colorful mask and complete tasks to be certified as a Junior Mammologist.

The focus on mammals continues on a smaller scale through November with activities and a few specimens not normally on view, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and guided museum tours at 1 p.m. Saturdays.

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Other exhibits at the museum include “The Confluence of Science and Art”; the ongoing “Pacific Voices,” stories of cultures around the Pacific; and “Life and Times of Washington State,” the evolution of 545 million years of our state’s geology, biology and archaeology, including a walk-through volcano, the oldest whale fossil ever found (28 million years old) and other specimens including a 12,000-year-old giant sloth that was uncovered during construction of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

The Burke is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and until 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. Features include Burke Museum Café with pastries, sandwiches, salads, juices, teas, coffee and espresso drinks.

”Elwha: A River Reborn,” the story of the removal of the dams that blocked the Elwha River for 100 years and the environmental renewal going on there now, based on the book by Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman, opens at the Burke Nov. 23.

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