Burke Museum Fish Collections Tour - Atlas Obscura

Seattle, Washington

Burke Museum Fish Collections Tour

Get behind the scenes of the ichthyology collections of The Burke Museum.

Join Seattle Obscura Society Head Shin Yu Pai for a special visit with  Collections Manager Katherine Pearson Maslenikov of the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture's fabled ichthyology collections. In this 1.5-hour program, we'll see deep-sea angler fish, mako shark, and other specimens from the deep.

The Burke's Ichthyology Collection maintains a large archival collection of more than 11 million preserved fish specimens from around the world, but primarily from the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea and from freshwater habitats of the Pacific Northwest. The collection is the largest fish collection in North America (by number of specimens) and holds one of the largest collections of fish eggs and larvae in the world, in addition to one of the most expansive collections of fish otoliths worldwide.


Meet at the University of Washington Campus Fisheries Teaching and Research Building at 1140 NE Boat Street, in Room 005 in the basement.

The Ichthyology Collection is located in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, a short distance south of the Burke Museum along Lake Union in the southwest part of the University of Washington campus.

Metered 2-hour parking is available along NE Boat St., but be advised that these spaces are often full.


Email Shin Yu Pai: shinyu.pai@atlasobscura.com

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