In addition to long-term exhibits, the Burke Museum also presents special exhibits that rotate several times a year. From conservation photography, to recent discoveries in natural history, to the finest traditional and contemporary cultural arts, Burke exhibits invite all visitors to examine the critical issues of our time.
From Africa to Asia to the Americas, female artisans are creating grassroots cooperatives to reach new markets, raise living standards, and transform lives.
Empowering Women provides an intimate view of the work of ten such enterprises in ten countries. This exhibition illustrates how the power of such grassroots collaborations transform women's lives, bringing together first-person quotes, stellar photographs, and stunning examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts.
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is collaborating with Seattle Times reporter Lynda Mapes and photographer Steve Ringman to create an exhibit on the Elwha Dam removal project, based on Mapes and Ringman’s upcoming book, Elwha: A River Reborn, and the Seattle Times’ Elwha Project website. Mapes will serve as the exhibit’s writer. Displays will feature Ringman’s photographs, videos and graphics produced by the Seattle Times, and objects from the Burke collections.