Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress

Friday, February 2, 2018Sunday, June 10, 2018

A rehearsal for the New Burke

animated circles saying "work in progress" spinning

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.

Watch as Burke paleontology experts carefully expose the teeth of the "Tufts-Love" T. rex skull.
Photo: Burke Museum

Visiting textile conservator restores a beaded bag in the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress

Visiting textile and objects conservator Iliana López is preserving several unique objects in the Testing, Testing 1-2-3: Work in Progress ethnology workroom.
Photo: Burke Museum

Members of the Ethnology team are packing baskets in preparation for our move to the New Burke. 
Photo: Burke Museum

Carefully moving wet site artifacts with small metal spatulas

Burke archaeology experts are carefully rehousing fragile artifacts in custom storage to prepare for the move to the New Burke. 
Photo: Burke Museum

A Burke Museum paleontology expert prepares a thescelosaur spine fossil.

Burke staff are prepping a thescelosaur spine that was found in Montana. See fossil prep like this and more in Testing, Testing 1-2-3!
Photo: Burke Museum

T. rex LIVE

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.

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