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: Work in Progress, see the behind-the-scenes work of getting ready for the New Burke—like preparing a massive T. rex skull, and packing fragile artifacts and specimens—and get a sneak peek of objects coming out of storage for display in the new museum.
Here are some recent examples of what’s happening in Testing, Testing 1-2-3:
- Preparing the massive skull of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
- Cleaning the massive spine of a thescelosaur discovered in Montana.
- 3-D scanning and printing a Columbian Mammoth skeleton discovered near Richland, Washington.
- Creating custom storage for wet site artifacts.
- Packing hats and baskets for the move to the New Burke.
See for yourself what work is currently in progress! Plan your visit.
Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress will be closed January 8 – February 1, 2018 to refresh the gallery and will reopen to the public on Friday, February 2.
Last summer, Burke paleontologists discovered a 3,000-lb Tyrannosaurus rex skull! Watch live in Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress as scientists carefully remove rock and reveal more of the skull each day. Learn more.