A rehearsal for the New Burke
Note: 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.
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.
Note: T. rex specimen prep will be limited to one window during the refresh of Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress, but will be back in full view starting February 2, 2018.
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.