Documenting the biodiversity of an important group of animals—one shell at a time.
The Malacology Collection includes more than 75,000 specimen lots.
Raked by vigorous winds, with not a blade of grass in sight, Peru’s desert coast looks remarkably different from its past.
What started as a hobby led to a one-of-a-kind collection of 100,000 shells from all over the world and incredible research potential.
The Burke’s Malacology Collection began thanks to a group of Seattle teenagers back in the 1890s and has grown steadily over the years.
This summer, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture received a generous donation of 100,000 shells representing approximately 24,000 individual species and sub-species.