Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Photo by: Photo by Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

What if you could see through the walls of a museum and discover all that’s hiding behind them? You can, at the new Burke Museum.

Featuring 12 state-of-the-art visible labs, views into collections storage spaces and an artists’ workshop, see the work typically happening behind the scenes of a natural history and culture museum unfold right before your eyes. Experience six galleries about the people, geology, plants and animals that make the natural history and culture of the Pacific Northwest—and the greater world—so special. See the only real dinosaur fossils on display in Washington state alongside views of paleontologists removing rock from recently-discovered fossils. Appreciate the diverse art of Pacific Northwest Native peoples, and see living traditions carry on with artists and Indigenous researchers studying the collections from across the globe. Every visit is unique, with people from all backgrounds asking new questions of the 16 million objects in the Burke’s collections every day. At the Burke, you see—and feel—a world alive.

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