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This spotlighted Smithsonian Affiliate represents the strong partnerships the Smithsonian continues to build across the country through Affiliations.

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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Seattle, Washington)

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, located on the University of Washington campus, is dedicated to creating a better understanding of the world and our place in it. Designated Washington's State Museum in 1899, the museum is responsible for Washington State collections of natural and cultural heritage and sharing the knowledge that makes them meaningful.

Smithsonian Affiliations recently welcomed the Burke Museum into its network of Affiliate organizations in December 2013. In January 2014, Seattle native Dr. Kirk Johnson, Sant Director of the National Museum of Natural History, traveled to the museum to announce the museum's affiliation with the Smithsonian. As a part of the ceremony, Dr. Johnson also presented a special lecture, The Real Seattle Underground: Rocks, Fossils, and the Future of the Pacific Northwest which focused on uncovering Seattle's curious geology, elusive fossils, and what recent discoveries mean for the future of the region.

In 2015 the Burke will host the Smithsonian traveling exhibition Titanoboa: Monster Snake, highlighting an astounding paleontological discovery made in collaboration with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, The Florida Museum of Natural History, and the Smithsonian Channel.

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is just one of the amazing organizations in our network of more than 190 Affiliates in 45 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.

For more information on bringing any of these programs to your neighborhood, contact your Smithsonian Affiliations National Outreach Manager.

Photos: Top- Dr. Kirk Johnson presents a Smithsonian Affiliation certificate to Executive Director Dr. Julie K. Stein. Photo courtesy of the Burke Museum.

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