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Special Exhibits

Imagine That. Surprising Stories and Amazing Objects from the Burke Museum

Apr. 12, 2014 – Oct. 26, 2014

The Burke collects a lot of things. Dust isn’t one of them.

Imagine That reveals the surprising stories, complex questions, and awe-inspiring answers hidden inside objects. See a new side of the Burke, and uncover some of the most fascinating, intriguing, and rare objects in its collection. Join scientists making daily discoveries in the exhibit, and learn how collections show us new things about the world around us every day. You might even learn something new about yourself.

Imagine that!

Displays

The Confluence of Science and Art

May 31, 2013 –

For many years, the highlight of any behind-the-scenes tour at the Burke began with a visit to the paleontology and geology collections, where Wes Wehr joyfully shared perfectly arranged cabinet drawers of treasure – the focus of his study and inspiration. Wes shared his enthusiasm with scholars, schoolchildren, artists, art patrons and many others. He welcomed them all.  A serious scientist and an artist, Wes enjoyed bringing people together at the confluence of science and art. 

The Confluence of Science and Art: Wes Wehr's Inspiration is now on display in the lobby of the Burke Museum.

Why Study Evolution?

Mar. 19, 2012 –

A new display at the end of the Life and Times exhibit highlights Burke Herbarium curator Dick Olmstead’s research on the diversity of plants in the verbena family within the broader context of evolution. It is the first in a series of displays planned over the next few years to spotlight NSF-funded research of Burke curators who are tackling ongoing questions about the evolutionary processes that give rise to biodiversity. The centerpiece of the introductory section is a “Tree of Life” that illuminates Charles Darwin’s metaphor for how all living things are related. Reconstructing the Tree of Life is a goal of evolutional biology and a starting point for understanding the processes that give rise to biodiversity.

Location: Life and Times of Washington State exhibit

Long-term Exhibits

Erna Gunther Ethnobotanical Garden

Ongoing

With more than 100 species of plant life from both sides of the Cascades, the garden features plants important to Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.

Location: East side of the Burke Museum, near the front entrance

Life and Times of Washington State

Ongoing

Over 500 million years of geological history! Lethal lava, grinding glaciers, and rampaging reptiles—marvel at the natural forces that shaped Washington's landscape, and at the amazing animals that once lived here...

Pacific Voices

Ongoing

Over 17 different cultures represented. Immerse yourself in the lives of native peoples from around the Pacific; learn about their arts, ceremonies and personal stories.

Upcoming Exhibits