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A woman and man stand facing a large freezer and watch the temperature gauge

The invaluable frozen tissue collection was packed with dry ice and carefully moved into the New Burke.

Burke Museum staff and volunteers carefully transport Washington state's first dinosaur fossil—the last object moved out of the former Burke Museum building and into the New Burke.

Washington state's first dinosaur fossil is the last object to move from the former Burke Museum and into the New Burke.

John Alexander (left), a Burke Paleontology Research Associate, and Burke volunteer Guy Paquin hold up a painting of a big cat skeleton

A fun “small-world” moment recently happened while packing the fossil preparation lab to move to the new building.

More than 10,000 people came together to celebrate the final days of the current Burke Museum during Final Free Week, before we closed to move and prepare for the opening of the New Burke in fall 2019. 

Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob’s fictional home, is based on an actual place in the Pacific Ocean that was the location of 23 U.S. nuclear weapons tests during the Cold War era.

A woman stands with hands up and out as she is brushed with a cedar branch

Tribal leaders returned to the Burke to offer a second cedar brushing ceremony as we near the end of the move.

Groups of young people look at objects in the Pacific Voices gallery

When the current Burke Museum facility closes at the end of the year, there will be silence for the first time in the Pacific Voices gallery.

A family with nets in a fast-moving river

Teaching about cultures and complex histories can be challenging, but can also provide meaningful opportunities for reflection.

Female scuba diver smiling at the camera under the sea

Katherine Maslenikov, Collections Manager for the Burke's Ichthyology Collection, helps with underwater fieldwork in Roatan, Honduras.

Seated paleontologist working on a T. rex skull

Burke Museum paleontologists continue work on the rare T. rex skull, recently finding that all jaw and skull bones are there.

Moving an orca sculpture with a fork lift.

If you’ve been to the museum or walked by the main entrance lately, you may have noticed some changes to the outdoor art.

Group of paleontologists posing for a photo

In search for answers to the most colossal extinction on earth, Dr. Brandon Peecook and his team travel to Zambia to collect fossils.


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