Testing, Testing 1-2-3

Saturday, June 17, 2017Sunday, January 7, 2018

A rehearsal for the New Burke

Testing, Testing 1-2-3 animation

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.

See behind-the-scenes work—like preparing the massive T. rex skull, rehousing archaeological artifacts, and carefully packing baskets for the big move—and share your feedback as we test ideas for the New Burke.

What's happening:

Here are some recent examples of what’s happening in Testing, Testing 1-2-3:

See for yourself what work is currently in progress! Plan your visit.

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

Examples of packing materials used for the move to the New Burke

The ethnology team uses a variety of supplies to pack objects for the move to the New Burke.
Photo: Burke Museum

T. rex LIVE

Last summer, Burke paleontologists discovered a 3,000-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.

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