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Terrell and Rochelle with Terrell's research poster

33 students who referenced Burke specimens and/or were mentored by Burke curators presented their research findings at the annual UW Undergraduate Research Symposium.

A conservator carefully wipes one of the 300-year-old wooden panels with a cotton ball

The beloved boiserie panels are being restored with resin, acrylic paint, and a lot of care.

thomas carr stands next to the t. rex skull while studying it closely

Paleontologist Thomas Carr, a leading expert on Tyrannosaurus rex, visited from Carthage College to take a closer look at Tufts-Love Rex.

A small male Ceratophora aspera sits on a rock

University of Washington undergraduate researcher Shanelle Wikramanayake travels to Sri Lanka to collect DNA samples from an endemic and elusive rough-nosed horned lizard.

As aspiring paleontologists, these young T. rex fans have found inspiration and unforgettable experiences at the Burke.

Arabidopsis thaliana

Scientists have developed a portable, handheld real-time DNA sequencer for use in the field. 

A woman and man stand facing a large freezer and watch the temperature gauge

The invaluable frozen tissue collection was packed with dry ice and carefully moved into the New Burke.

Burke Museum staff and volunteers carefully transport Washington state's first dinosaur fossil—the last object moved out of the former Burke Museum building and into the New Burke.

Washington state's first dinosaur fossil is the last object to move from the former Burke Museum and into the New Burke.

John Alexander (left), a Burke Paleontology Research Associate, and Burke volunteer Guy Paquin hold up a painting of a big cat skeleton

A fun “small-world” moment recently happened while packing the fossil preparation lab to move to the new building.

More than 10,000 people came together to celebrate the final days of the current Burke Museum during Final Free Week, before we closed to move and prepare for the opening of the New Burke in fall 2019. 

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.

A woman stands with hands up and out as she is brushed with a cedar branch

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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