A rehearsal for the New Burke
Construction is underway on the New Burke, a flagship museum of natural history and culture for Washington state opening in 2019. Unlike other museums, where the public is on one side of the wall and collections and research are on the other, the New Burke will invite you to see and be part of discoveries as they happen.
In Testing, Testing 1-2-3, we're auditioning ideas for the New Burke. We're building visible labs to give visitors a sneak peek at how behind-the-scenes work—like preparing bird specimens and fossils, or getting objects ready for a move—will be highlighted in the new museum.
Come learn with Burke experts, test innovative activities for all ages (kids are some of the most important testers), and share your reactions—all feedback is good!
- Preparing the massive skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
- Cleaning the massive spine of a thescelosaur discovered in Montana.
- Chipping away rock from the the fossilized femur of a duck-billed dinosaur.
- Cataloguing a one-of-a-kind shell collection consisting of more than 100,000 shells from around the world.
- 3-D scanning and printing a Columbian Mammoth skeleton discovered near Richland, Washington.
See for yourself what work is currently in progress! Plan your visit.
Last summer, Burke paleontologists discovered a 2,500-lb Tyrannosaurus rex skull! Watch live in Testing, Testing 1-2-3 as scientists carefully remove rock and reveal more of the skull each day. Learn more.