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Research & Collections

As storehouses of scientific information, museums help unravel the complexity of the world we live in. While much has been learned, much remains to be discovered—especially about the earth and life along the Pacific margin. With over 15 million specimens and artifacts, Burke collections assure that research and discoveries will continue for generations.

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.