Life and Times of Washington State

Friday, October 9, 2015Sunday, December 30, 2018

Experience the evolution of Washington through geology, biology and archaeology.

A visitor stops to admire the stegosaurus in the Burke's Life and Times exhibit.

A visitor stops to admire the stegosaurus in the Burke's Life and Times exhibit. 
Photo: Andrew Waits 

Life and Times of Washington State is a hands-on adventure that begins 545 million years ago and leads you through the evolution of Washington’s geology, biology and archaeology. Starting when most of Washington was covered by an ancient sea, you'll see giant skeletons of dinosaurs, including StegosaurusElasmosaurus and a 140-million-year-old Allosaurus.

Among the many other specimens on display are beautiful 35 to 40-million-year-old fossil crabs, a cast of a 10,000-year-old mastodon and a 20,000-year-old saber-toothed cat. 

As you pass these ancient beasts, look for the stone artifacts from the famous East Wenatchee Clovis Cache. You will see long stone spear points and other artifacts made by ancient hunters in our state more than 11,000 years ago. Along the way, you'll also walk through a rumbling volcano filled with incredible rock and mineral specimens and climb inside a replica cave formed when an ancient rhino was trapped by a lava flow. Learn how Washington came to be!

Recent exhibit changes

In preparation for the new Burke Museum, four specimens—the mastodon, ground sloth, fossil baleen whale and mosasaur—were recently removed and taken off-site for cleaning and remounting. Check out this blog post for timelapse video of the mastodon and baleen whale de-installations along with photos of the new ground sloth and saber-toothed cat that were added to the exhibit.

The current building will remain open to visitors through 2018. Currently there are no other specimens or objects planned to come off of display. 
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