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Seated paleontologist working on a T. rex skull

Burke Museum paleontologists continue work on the rare T. rex skull, recently finding that all jaw and skull bones are there.

Moving an orca sculpture with a fork lift.

If you’ve been to the museum or walked by the main entrance lately, you may have noticed some changes to the outdoor art.

Group of paleontologists posing for a photo

In search for answers to the most colossal extinction on earth, Dr. Brandoon Peecok and his team travel to Zambia to collect fossils.

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People + Cultures

Screenshot from a black and white film showing Mary Hunt dancing in the 1930 Boas-Kwagiulth Film

A look inside the process of creating the G̱a̱lg̱a̱poła (Working Together) digital book.

Six young men in gray and khaki prison attire smile as they examine a tapa cloth up close

Dr. Holly Barker and Burke Museum's Oceania collections assist with University Beyond Bars classroom learning.

Black and white photo of a woman dancing the "feather dance" in Franz Boas 1930 film

A collaborative project to reunite existing archival media from far-flung institutions into a new digital whole, shaped by and integrated with active cultural knowledge by Kwag’uł contributors.

Environments

Researcher Ana Bedoya Ovalle returns to Colombia to collect and study river-weed plants in South America.

Researcher Ana Bedoya Ovalle returns to Colombia to collect and study river-weed plants in South America.

Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach helped discovered a new plant species – and plans to auction off the right to name it.

Herbarium researcher Mark Darrach helped discovered a new plant species – and plans to auction off the right to name it. 

A new species of goby was discovered while being chased by an invasive lionfish outside of Curacao.

Northwest Native Art

A green and white button blanket featuring the Burke logo and an eagle breaking free of chains

Members of the Native American Cultural Group at the Washington State Reformatory Unit in Monroe recently created a very special button blanket for the Museum.

Shovelnose canoes once again journey the Columbia River

A groundbreaking project to reestablish traditional dugout canoe culture among their five Inland Northwest member tribes.

Tsimshian artist David A. Boxley’s journey to replicate a feast dish in the Burke Museum collection.

Science

Michelle Stocker, Sterling Nesbitt and Ken Angielczyk conduct fieldwork in Tanzania in 2015.

UW paleontologists and geologists, including Burke curator Christian Sidor, have uncovered new fossils in Zambia and Tanzania.

Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

Visiting researcher Dr. Robert Bossenecker recently discovered a new species of prehistoric seal in the Burke’s paleontology collection.

The T. rex skull in progress in the Testing, Testing 1-2-3 workroom

The T. rex skull jacket is open, with the skull and the teeth almost fully revealed. 

Burke Research

Seated paleontologist working on a T. rex skull

Burke Museum paleontologists continue work on the rare T. rex skull, recently finding that all jaw and skull bones are there.

Coral reef and fish under the Carribean sea

Katherine Maslenikov, Collection's Manager for the Burke's Ichthyology Collection, takes a trip to Roatan, Honduras and discovers a variety of specimens of the goby.

A Burke Museum team recently returned from a research expedition to Antarctica—one of the most difficult places to do fieldwork in the world.

Washington State

Photograph of wildflowers in bloom with Mt. Rainier in the background

Helpful resources developed by the UW Burke Museum Herbarium to help you identify the wildflowers you come across in our region.

An illustration of Wimahl chinookensis.

Meet Wimahl chinookensis, a new species of fossil dolphin that lived about 18 million years ago in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Pile of the Elaphomyces truffles found in the ski boot.

The Herbarium helps to solve a mysterious discovery—in ski boots of all places! 

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