Washington Gov. Jay Inslee checks out a mammoth skeleton at the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture. (Jay Inslee via Twitter)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other dignitaries got a helping hand from a troop of third-graders today when they cut a hand-woven cedar ribbon to mark this weekend’s opening of a spacious new home for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.
The students from University Temple Children’s School, just across the street from the museum site on a corner of the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, represented the next generation at the ribbon-cutting ceremony — just as they did at the New Burke’s groundbreaking ceremony three years ago.
“One, two, three,” Inslee counted, and then he cut the ribbon with a giant scissors that was also held by UW President Ana Marie Cauce. The kids snipped their classroom scissors at the same time.
Cutting the hand woven cedar ribbon —officially marking the opening of the #NewBurke! Thank you to all who joined us this morning. @GovInslee @UW @amcauce @kcexec Sen. Jim Honeyford, the Yakama Warriors, and the former Dragonflies class from University Temple Children’s School pic.twitter.com/6n2JoEMZ3n
— Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (@burkemuseum) October 11, 2019
Members of the Washington Legislature and Pacific Northwest native tribes were also on hand for the ribbon-cutting.
Today’s ceremony was part of a final members-only preview day for the $99 million, 113,000- square-foot building, which houses Washington state’s official collection of natural history specimens and cultural artifacts.
The New Burke replaces a 1960s-era building that even museum executives concede was run down and inadequate for their current needs. With 66 percent more space than the old Burke, the new museum has ample space to show off eye-catching fossils including a recently discovered T. rex skull …read more