The exhibits that happen at the Burke Museum vary accordingly with contexts and descriptions of the life that once was in our environment and eco – system. Looking at the ‘Wild Nearby’ dips into the biological diversity that the North Cascades offer. The exhibition communicates how wildflowers, frogs and woodpeckers detail how the region is changing. ‘Washington’s First Dinosaur’ unearths the fossils of an 80 million year old ancestor that once walked the earth before humankind. The therapod dinosaur left behind a left femur bone and was discovered by wondering paleontologists by the shores of Sucia Island State Park. ‘Treasures of The Burke’ is a colorful display of more than 100 objects, with colorful gems, glittering works of art, and a multitude of colorful birds to be seen and not heard. ‘Pacific Voices’ gives a voice to the many cultures that lived around the Pacific Rim. The exhibition works as a cultural inclusion – including 17 ethnic communities and tribes. The categories of this exhibition are teachers and elders, language and stories and ceremonies. The Burke shows the Inupiaq’s whaling culture, the sounds of the Hulu, and the Korean’s traditional wedding ceremony. It brings together the Pacific, and unifies residents to their past neighbors.
The Burke Museum asks visitors the question of ‘Why Study Evolution?’ The Burke curators have been conducting research on ‘the great family tree’ and are presently looking to find the answers that glue all living things as one. Other exhibitions include: ‘Life and Times of Washington,’ ‘Erna Gunther Ethnobotanical Garden’ and ‘Kanu Kaho’olawe: Replanting, Rebirth.
The Burke offers educational programs that aid the development of all who wish to join. The Grades start from Pre –K, all the way to college and adults, and offer programs like ‘Rock and minerals,’ ‘Fossils,’ ‘Rock, Paper, Feathers,’ and ‘Middle School Museum Experience’ and are aimed at the younger generation. In 2019 a new building will be opening; turning the museum into an inside-out experience.
Address: Burke Memorial Wash. St. Museum (BMM), Seattle, WA 98105, Phone: 206-543-7907 Burke Museum in Seattle, Washington - Photo: Burke Museum
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