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Research & Collections

Collections tell the story of life on earth. From the tiniest sea creatures to the mammals that roamed the grasslands of North America millions of years ago, collections provide evidence of the life before us. But natural and cultural history is not just about the past. It is the study of the world around us—the life right in front of us. Every discovery sheds new light on the past, and helps us better predict the future.

DISCOVER Explore the latest Burke Museum research in our Summer 2014 Research Newsletter.

Explore Your World
Interactive map of Burke research.

Publications
View Burke Museum publications.

Arachnology
Meet Seattle's spider expert, and test your "Spider IQ."

Archaeology
Preserving the record of past human history.

Ethnology
Native American art and artifacts. Cultural heritage comes alive.

Genetic Resources
Frozen tissue specimens from birds and mammals aid researchers.

Geology
Gems and crystals are on display in the galleries.

Herbarium
Collections focus on Pacific Northwest plants, fungi, lichens, and algae.

Herpetology
Field guides to reptiles and amphibians of Washington.

Ichthyology
The Burke Museum Fish Collection at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences.

Malacology
Malacology is the study of the Mollusca (mollusks or molluscs).

Mammalogy
Online guide to the mammals of Washington. Plus, learn what mammalogists do.

Ornithology
Bird collections inspire scientific discoveries.

Paleontology
Dinosaurs and other fossils tell the story of past life forms.

Field Guides
Your portal to natural and cultural history of Washington.