Burke Blog

Denny Hill regrade in 1910

We live in a landscape filled with amazing stories, whether it’s 3.5-billion-year old building stone, glacial-carved hills, or sinking sidewalks. 

girl dissecting brain in tray

The middle school Girls in Science team got a hands-on look at how the brain functions by experiencing illusions. 

Burke paleontologists collected the partial skull of what's likely a Columbian mammoth after it was found along an eroded bluff near Sequim.

seal fossil

What can the fossil record tell us about how seals and sea lions evolved into the animals they are today?

researcher measuring skull fossil

Researchers are turning to the Burke’s collection of fossil baleen whales from the Pacific Northwest to better understand how the largest creatures on earth evolved.

Live male Pseudophrys lanigera.

Welcome to Washington! How did a spider common in Europe make its way to Seattle? We may never know, but it appears to be here to stay.

Seahawks Super Bowl rally in 2015

We've had quite the year at the Burke Museum—from the discovery of Washington's first dinosaur to a Seahawks Super Bowl rally! Take a look back at a few of the highlights from 2015.

American Avocet egg clutch

A study of the seasonal environmental changes influencing when Washington state birds breed and how many eggs they lay.

Model Angyaaq next to frame

Working with communities to rebuild a traditional Native boat-building practice, bringing this knowledge back into a living context. 

Kininnook's pole

Totem poles are thought of as symbols of Seattle by many residents and visitors, but, in fact, the indigenous people of Washington state did not traditionally carve totems. 

Ted Pietsch in the Burke fish collections.

Ted Pietsch retired in July after 37 years as Burke Museum curator of fishes and professor in the UW School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

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