Museum’s New Exhibit is for the Birds

“How Birds Fly” exhibit in partnership with Burke Museum, opens April 11

Aviation’s feathered friends are the subjects of the Museum’s new, temporary exhibit, How Birds Fly, opening April 11. The exhibit encapsulates the beauty, diversity and wonder of bird flight in relation to aviation. It was developed from a colorful blending of Museum of Flight aeronautical expertise in partnership with the ornithological resources of the Burke Museum.

 "Primary Starlings" by Peter Cavanagh.

“Primary Starlings” by Peter Cavanagh.

The exhibit combines bird skeletons, feathers and wings from the Burke, with stunning photographs by guest curator Dr. Peter Cavanagh. Cavanagh is a birder, photographer and University of Washington biomechanist. Cavanagh will give a public lecture at the exhibit on April 11 at 2 p.m.

How Birds Fly explores bird evolution, anatomy, and behavior, as well as the influence birds have had on human flight from the designs of Leonardo da Vinci and the Wright brothers, to today’s aerospace engineers. Exhibit closes Sept. 7.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field halfway between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $17 for seniors 65 and older, $17 for active military, $12 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. McCormick & Schmick’s Wings Café is on site. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit