Burke Blog

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.

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.

The large pivoting window wall fully open with a group of people standing below for scale

The Burke Museum’s pivoting window wall is a massive, human-powered architectural feature that will open the café space to the outdoors.

Twenty-five years ago, the film Jurassic Park appeared on the big screen along with the famous fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex.

They've made many trips to the Burke Museum to see the T. rex this past year and formed a special friendship with the fossil preparators along the way.

The New BURKE sign with a missing U and banner next to it that says "All we need is U"

Where is the missing “U”? We’re so glad you asked!

A microscopic foraminifera showing corrosion

A recent study of foraminifera found both good and bad news in two highly industrialized Puget Sound embayments. 

Two men on a lift move the letter E onto the new Burke Museum sign

The first of two new signs was installed at the New Burke earlier today!

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

An articulated smilodon cast showing off their giant teeth

Be sure to say hello to the new saber-toothed cat and giant ground sloth in the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit on your next visit!

Julie Stein (left), Richard Olmstead (middle) and David Giblin hold the madrone specimen—the first object to be moved into the New Burke.

A specimen from a tree that once stood on the site of the new Burke Museum is the first object to be moved into the new building.

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.


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