For each of the Burke Museum’s 18,000,000+ artifacts, there’s a story that helps us understand our world a little better

Rod Crawford, curatorial associate in arachnology and entomology at the Burke Museum, holds the Goliath birdeater spider. It’s not his favorite spider at the Burke, but he says he understands the public’s fascination with the species. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Rod Crawford, curatorial associate in arachnology and entomology at the Burke Museum, holds the Goliath birdeater spider. It's not his favorite spider at the Burke, but he says he understands the public's fascination with the species. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)

The Burke Museum at the University of Washington is home to more than 18,000,000 artifacts — and a whole team of experts eager to share the fascinating stories behind them.