Visit History in the Pacific Northwest
My Explorations knows that learning history is fun! We also know that learning history offers valuable insight to the present and invaluable tools to shape the future. While some children have a natural interest in history, others need encouragement and intentional engagement. Our Visit History posts offer parents ideas to engage children in history experiences.
History is all around us and learning experiences ever-present. Although each “visit history” post is location-specific, we hope each will inspire parents everywhere to embrace a visit-history family lifestyle. Slipping in a bit of history here-and-there makes a difference! Little things add up to greatness, over time.
Burke Museum of Natural Culture and History
As the oldest public museum in Washington State, the Burke Museum of Natural Culture and History creates an environment that inspires its visitors by helping them discover the history of the Native populations surrounding the Pacific Northwest. With over 16 million displayed objects and changing exhibits, it’s a great place to immerse yourself in both the cultural and natural history of the Washington State area.
Learning History is Fun for Kids
Interactive exhibits quickly engage kids. For starters, kids see how they measure up! Fossils and animal bones of every shape and size expand the imagination.
Then, dinosaur books and puzzles will strengthen your kids’ fine motor skills and are fun and engaging for all ages.
Finally, kids are able to create and make something they will love with a craft that correlates with an exhibit in the museum.
Visitors will be able to get hands-on with history by finding historical facts, sound clips, and pictures behind doors.
See, Touch, and Hear History
One of the most fun things about the museum are the incredible displays of clothing worn and traditions held by the different cultures that came to live in the Pacific Northwest long ago. For example, you can see what the Korean people wore for their wedding ceremonies.
Additionally, you can learn what the Chinese do to celebrate Chinese New Year, and share your own family New Year traditions.
You can even hear what Lushootseed, the language of the Native American population, sounds like. Learning how these cultures dressed and the traditions they held sacred teaches us to think outside our own cultural box. It opens our eyes to the way people lived and live around us.
The Burke Museum makes cultural and natural history available in a more interactive and interesting way. Kids will have an amazing experience as they become engaged in history in visual and hands-on ways.
The exhibits, displays, and artifacts will give you the tools you need to discuss the history of the Pacific Northwest with your kids. There is something here for everyone, whether you have a dinosaur buff, a nature enthusiast, or lover of cultures, you will have the chance to examine history, discover facts about the past, and uncover a new love of history and culture.
Author and Photographer: Lauren MyrekPosted in Flash to the Past, Visit History