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As Washington State's official museum of natural and cultural history, the Burke Museum houses world-renowned collections in Anthropology, Geology, and Zoology. These three collections total over 3 million specimens, and are curated by academic faculty appointed jointly to the museum and the University of Washington.
Northwest Coast Journey : Northwest Coast Native Art and Artifacts is an ongoing exhibit that features several well-known treasures including full-size replicas of the Sea Monster House Front and interior screens and two Northwest Coast totem poles. Baskets, tools, and full-size canoes complete the exhibit.
Secrets from the Earth: A Fossil Workshop takes visitors back millions of years to see the remains of prehistoric plants and animals. Specimens from the Burke's extensive fossil collection are on display including the 30-million-year-old fossil whale recently found on the Olympic Peninsula. Scientists, when available, demonstrate how fossils are prepared for study.
Pacific Voices: Celebrating Cultural Traditions from Around the Pacific Rim
Life and Times: A Journey Through the Natural History of the Pacific Northwest.