Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

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Downstairs at the Museum
After visiting the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, relax for a bit in the downstairs café. The walls are French, literally—paneling and paintings from an 18th-century château on permanent loan to the museum. The affordable European ambiance is a counterpoint to upstairs, where the collection of natural history and Northwest Native American artifacts is popular with groups of Seattle's schoolkids. The museum is the oldest in Washington, dating to 1880s. Find it on the northwestern edge of the University of Washington campus—just look for the totem poles.
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