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Burke Boxes

Burke Boxes are portable boxes of scientific specimens and cultural artifacts for all ages, designed to supplement the study of various topics in cultural and natural history.

Over 1,000 incredible artifacts and scientific objects fill our hands-on teaching collections. The sixty-two Burke Boxes, formerly known as Traveling Study Collections, make up the largest resource of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. Topics range across the museum's many disciplines including Native American and Pacific Rim culture studies, earth science, and biological sciences.

Each Burke Box is developed by a team of educators and designed to help teachers meet the Washington State Essential Academic Learning requirements. Each box contains background information, object descriptions, and activity suggestions and lesson plans for multiple grade levels and learning styles. Many boxes also contain supplemental books, DVDs or audio, maps, posters, and other useful classroom tools.

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The Burke Museum in a Box