Burke Museum

Museum in U District

An interesting hybrid museum covering both natural history and indigenous cultures of the Pacific Rim. On the entry-level floor is, arguably, Washington's best natural-history collection, focusing on the geology and evolution of the state. It guards an impressive stash of fossils, including a 20,000-year-old saber-toothed cat. Downstairs is the 'Pacific Voices' exhibition, with cultural artifacts amassed from around the Pacific Rim. The centerpiece is an excellent Pacific Northwest collection with some dramatic Kwakwaka'wakw masks from British Columbia.

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