Where to see fossils in Washington state

What about fossil sites that aren’t open to the public?

Be sure you know and understand the laws about trespassing and collecting before you attempt to search for fossils or collect fossils. For more information, see the Washington State Department of Natural Resources Fossil Collection in Washington page and the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management resources and policies about paleontology.

Places to see fossils on display

The Burke Museum

Location: Seattle, Washington, on the University of Washington campus

What to see: Fossils, fossils and more fossils from Washington state and beyond!

See more Washington fossils online: You can check out photos and information for thousands of Washington fossil specimens in the Burke Museum’s online database.

Hanford Reach Interpretive Center

Location: Richland, WA

What to see: Exhibits showing history of the Columbia Plateau, including fossils from the area. See fossils from the Pliocene and Pleistocene including a baby wooly mammoth cast from Siberia, and the mammals that roamed over Eastern Washington ~2–4 million years ago.

Museum & Arts Center

Location: Sequim, Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula

What to see: Bones from the Manis Mastodon. In addition to a variety of other objects, this museum has the fossilized bones of the Manis Mastodon on display. This mastodon was discovered in 1977 by Sequim resident Emanuel Manis and was found with a bone projectile point. The museum also displays local fossil molluscs.
Plan your visit: For more information about the Museum & Arts Center, see the center’s website

Western Washington University

Location: Bellingham, Washington, in the northwest part of the state approaching Canada

What to see: Geology displays of rocks, fossils and minerals. If you’re in the Bellingham area, check out the displays of a wide variety of fossils in the Environmental Sciences building of Western Washington University (displays are on floors 1, 2 and 3) as part of the Geology Department.

Plan your visit: For more information, see Visiting the Department on the Geology Department’s contact page.

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