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Featured videos from the Burke Museum. Find more on our YouTube channel.

Thanks to the support of the community the Shelton Story Pole has arrived in Seattle and is awaiting restoration! To contribute and receive a 100% match for your gift, please visit our project page at power2give.org or by copying and pasting this link: http://www.power2give.org/PugetSound/Project/Detail?projectId=2827

Restoring the Shelton Story Pole


Thanks to the support of the community the Shelton Story Pole has arrived in Seattle and is awaiting restoration! To contribute and receive a 100% match for your gift, please visit our project page at power2give.org or by copying and pasting this link: http://www.power2give.org/PugetSound/Project/Detail?projectId=2827

Bug Blast


Each year, we bug out as thousands of specimens, dead and alive, crawl to the Burke Museum for this favorite annual family event!

Discover The Life Before You


How do we really know what happened before we were here? At the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, we bring together people, objects, and the stories that make them meaningful. To learn more, visit: http://lifebeforeyou.org.

Explore the Burke Museum Fishes Collection


Fishes collection manager, Katherine Maslenikov, takes SpaceSaver on a tour of the Fishes collection at the University of Washington.

Studying tropical bats with Sharlene Santana


Sharlene Santana is an evolutionary biologist and the new curator of mammals here at the Burke Museum. She studies how behavior, diet, anatomy and function result in bursts of diversification in tropical bats -- mostly from Panama, Costa Rica and Venezuela. Some of the tropical forests where she has worked no longer exist because they have been cut down. While Sharlene releases most of the bats she studies in the field, she collects some specimens to help preserve the biodiversity of these increasingly threatened habitats. In her research today and other studies in the future, these specimens in collections will help answer questions that haven't even been asked.