Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob’s fictional home, is based on an actual place in the Pacific Ocean that was the location of 23 U.S. nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War era.
Tribal leaders returned to the Burke to offer a second cedar brushing ceremony as we near the end of the move.
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People + Cultures
When the current Burke Museum facility closes at the end of the year, there will be silence for the first time in the Pacific Voices gallery.
Teaching about cultures and complex histories can be challenging, but can also provide meaningful opportunities for reflection.
A look inside the process of creating the G̱a̱lg̱a̱poła (Working Together) digital book.
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.
A new species of goby was discovered while being chased by an invasive lionfish outside of Curacao.
Northwest Native Art
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.
A groundbreaking project to reestablish traditional dugout canoe culture among their five Inland Northwest member tribes.
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.
Katherine Maslenikov, Collections Manager for the Burke's Ichthyology Collection, helps with underwater fieldwork in Roatan, Honduras.
Burke Museum paleontologists continue work on the rare T. rex skull, recently finding that all jaw and skull bones are there.
A Burke Museum team recently returned from a research expedition to Antarctica—one of the most difficult places to do fieldwork in the world.
Helpful resources developed by the UW Burke Museum Herbarium to help you identify the wildflowers you come across in our region.
Meet Wimahl chinookensis, a new species of fossil dolphin that lived about 18 million years ago in the waters of the Pacific Northwest.