Malacology Collections

The Burke’s Malacology Collection began in the 1890s and today is estimated to include approximately 250,000 specimens (learn more about the history of the collection). For a description of notable sub-collections, see below.

Collection Highlights:

  • Marine mollusc shells from the Indo-Pacific 
  • Marine mollusc shells from the Pacific Northwest
  • Terrestrial and freshwater snails and clams from Washington

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Collection Details

Brightly-colored shell specimens in individual boxes with identification labels
Photo: Burke Museum
Phil and Sandra Nudelman collection

Estimated at 100,000 specimens from worldwide localities (learn more about the Nudelman collection).


shells in the trevor kincaid collection
Photo: Burke Museum
Trevor Kincaid collection

More than 300 specimens from Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska.

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Mary Olney collection

Several hundred specimens collected in the late 1800s.

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Kenneth and Lorraine Rhein collection

More than 3,700 lots collected from Guam from 1961 to 1990.

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