New (old) friends in Life and Times of Washington State

April 25, 2018
Cathy Morris

The new saber-toothed cat, Smilodon fatalis, in the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit.
Photo: Burke Museum

The new ground sloth, Megalonyx jeffersoni, in the Life and Times of Washington State exhibit.
Photo: Burke Museum

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!

In preparation for the new Burke Museum, four specimens—the mastodon, ground sloth, fossil baleen whale and mosasaur—were removed last week and taken off-site for cleaning and remounting.

We captured timelapse video of the mastodon de-installation and ground sloth installation process. It only took a matter of hours from start to finish! 

The Sitsqwayk fossil whale, which was recently named a new species, was also de-installed by the team last week.

Currently there are no other specimens or objects planned to come off of display. The Burke Museum is open in our current location through 2018. Plan your visit today!

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