Burke Blog

An extinct animal often cited as a ‘missing link’ between modern seals and their four-limbed, land-dwelling ancestors.

Carnivore fossils in the Burke Museum paleontology collection.

How does competition between species affect their long-term evolution?

Speakers and children posing during the groundbreaking ceremony

More than 500 people gathered on May 18 to celebrate breaking ground on the New Burke Museum.

Hmong community members look at embroidery details in the Burke collections

Students and community members of all ages connect with Hmong objects in the Burke collections.

open cabinet in the fish collection displaying thousands of preserved fish specimens

From preservation processes to cutting-edge research—the Burke Museum fish collection is a fascinating place to visit!

Woman kneeling on forest bed

How tiny fossilized plant particles in Costa Rica can be used to reconstruct past landscapes.

Bruce cuts into the cast containing the Columbian mammoth tus

We started removing the cast covering LuLu the Columbian mammoth's tusk to get a glimpse into its preservation.

Marshallese community members touch the jaki-ed in the Burke collection to connect with their ancestors

The March 1 ceremony was incredibly emotional, both for the Marshallese community, but also for many of the people who joined the Marshallese in solidarity.

Three researchers look at bat

A Burke research team recently surveyed fruit bats living on the small island of Grenada.

Curator Sven Haakanson demonstrates how to throw an atlatl to a young visitor

Take a peek behind the scenes at the Burke in these photos from our annual Behind-the-Scenes Night. 

Watercolor rendering of the New Burke exterior view looking west.

The University of Washington’s Board of Regents formally approved our plans to break ground on the New Burke.

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