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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.

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.

Scientists describe the emergence of these ecosystems about 51-53 million-years-ago—a time with the highest-known global temperatures in the past 66-million-years—when the Pacific Northwest was a subtropical climate similar to today’s southern Florida.

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. 

Scientists have just discovered the newest member of that family—an iguana-sized reptile whose name means “Antarctic king.”

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.

Smithsonian scientists name a new species of fossil whale from the Burke Museum collection after Burke Curator Dr. Elizabeth Nesbitt.

Burke Museum and University of Washington botanists have created a much-needed second edition of the Flora of the Pacific Northwest.

Groups of young people look at objects in the Pacific Voices gallery

When the current Burke Museum facility closes at the end of the year, there will be silence for the first time in the Pacific Voices gallery.

A family with nets in a fast-moving river

Teaching about cultures and complex histories can be challenging, but can also provide meaningful opportunities for reflection.

Female scuba diver smiling at the camera under the sea

Katherine Maslenikov, Collections Manager for the Burke's Ichthyology Collection, helps with underwater fieldwork in Roatan, Honduras.


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