Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle

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The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Burke Museum) is a natural history museum in Seattle, Washington, in the United States. Established in 1899 as the Washington State Museum, it traces its origins to a high school naturalist club formed in 1879. The museum is the oldest in Washington state and boasts a collection of more than 16 million artifacts, including the world's largest collection of spread bird wings. Located on the campus of the University of Washington, the Burke Museum is the official state museum of Washington.
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  • While this museum is primarily kid-focused, there are many interesting things to see and read for adults as well. The new location on the University of Washington campus was designed to maximize...  more »
  • In actuality, there are not of artifacts in this museum as the exhibits are small with lot's of reading (definitely the best part are the dinosaurs), and I much appreciated where they had videos...  more »
  • The Burke Museum is a great place to visit if you're in Seattle. The museum is family friendly. There are dinosaur exhibits that the kids always love and plenty of exhibits on world culture, as well as the cultures of the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest. A nice small compact cultural museum with not only animal exhibits from dinosaur and Mastodon bones to modern bird plumage and animal skulls but also cultural exhibits of peoples clothing, lifestyles, history. Museum laid out nicely with Natural History upstairs and cultures downstairs. The staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Patronize the gift shop as doing so helps to fund the museum. If you are looking for a trip that won't take all day, but really interesting to see visit the Burke museum.
  • It will be wonderful when this opens back up into a larger space because that's my main complaint. They only have 1% of their collection currently displayed in the small space they have. They will also be closed for several months while transporting everything to the new location. I can only imagine things will get better. I love the focus on the Pacific Northwest many of their displays have. The Tyrannosaurus they're working on in front of the public which is so cool to see the process they're using to excavate it out of its stone matrix. For a while, there was a massive googly eye so patrons could see where the eye was on the skull. I love these folks! I cannot wait until the new space opens and I wish them so much luck in the move! I hope to be there opening day in fall of 2019

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