Completing the move to the New Burke

March 11, 2019
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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.
Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum

In May 2012, Burke Museum paleontologists discovered a dinosaur fossil at Sucia Island State Park, making it the first dinosaur fossil ever found in Washington state. This FIRST dinosaur fossil (nicknamed Suciasaurus) was recently part of another big moment for the Burke team—it has now made its way to the New Burke, making it the LAST object moved out of the old building.

While the distance is relatively short (just 480 feet), this has been a monumental effort packing and moving lasting more than two years.
 
Burke staff and volunteers celebrate moving the final object out of the former Burke Museum and into the new building

Burke staff and volunteers celebrate moving the final object out of the former Burke Museum and into the new building.
Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum

Julie Stein, Burke Museum Executive Director, cheers as the final object exits the former Burke Museum building

Julie Stein, Burke Museum Executive Director, cheers as the final object exits the former Burke Museum building.
Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum

Burke staff and volunteers walk with the fossil to the New Burke

Burke staff and volunteers walk with the fossil to the New Burke.
Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum

Burke staff and volunteers walk with the fossil to the New Burke

Burke staff and volunteers walk with the fossil to the New Burke.
Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum

As we gear up for opening in fall, we're working hard to unpack objects in the new collections spaces, fabricate and install exhibits and complete the landscaping surrounding the New Burke.

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