[Seattle Trip] Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

Burke Museum is a natural history museum in Seattle. It was small but cozy, and I had a lot of fun seeing all the fossils!

What we did

The museum is located inside of the University of Washington campus. It has two floors: natural history on the main floor and Pacific Rim cultures on the basement floor.

At the entrance was the fossil of a large bird who couldn’t fly called Titanis. They could be 2.5-meter high and were the top predators on South American grasslands.

Burke Museum titanis

I believe the following fish is sarcopterygii, which are the direct ancestors of all vertebrate on land.

Burke Museum sarcopterygii
Burke Museum Fish Fossil

I was more impressed with plesiosaur than dinosaurs on land.

Burke Museum Plesiosaur

The museum would of course have some dinosaur fossils. I wasn’t as excited as others when I saw them.

Burke Museum Dinosaur
A type of dinosaur

I don’t remember the name of the below mammal. From the picture behind the fossil, I guess it is a type of xenarthra

Burke Museum mammal
A type of mammal. Xenarthra?

Below is a species of elephant called mastodon.

Burke Museum mastodon

It took us about an hour to finish exploring the main floor. Then we moved on to the basement floor with exhibitions of Pacific Rim cultures.

Burke Museum puppets

All the items here were interesting to see, but I have to say that I didn’t pay a lot of attention on this floor.

Burke Museum traditional clothing
Traditional clothing


This was my second visit to a natural history museum. I have to say that it is way better than the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in UBC, Vancouver. There are more exhibitions on large prehistoric animals, which are what most people get excited for. I don’t mind coming back and have a look in detail again!

Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Info

Address: 1413 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105, USA
Regular admission: $10 USD
Info: Website

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