Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at University of Washington and at the bottom: bonus photos from Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, both in Seattle.
Coincidentally, on the Burke Museum website the mission statement is, “The Burke Museum is dedicated to creating a better understanding of the world and our place in it.” As basically the same thing is mentioned on this website/blog as well.
This museum is large, multistory and rich of artifacts for pre-history, science and culture buffs. Over four hours was spent here and easily could have spent more. A lot of the artifacts here do focus on the pre-history and indigenous culture of Washington State; South Pacific and East-Asian ethnology; and the Mesozoic Age. In the pictures below, we can see the very many branches of the greater-science and ethno-artifacts included within the walls of this museum and it is that incredible. About the tenth picture down of the mug is made of walrus bone found by children playing in a Seattle neighborhood in the 1950’s, which is believed to be made my the natives from Alaska.
And here is from Seattle’s Ye Olde Curiosity Shop. It is a large store, like the Ripley’s Believe It Or Not theme. And yes the mummified people, skulls and shrunken heads are real! I know for sure the mummified woman, the second photo down was found in Central America and believed to be a woman from Spain who died shortly after landing from the ship.