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Art and Science Work Together to Present Story
of Early Life on Earth

Traveling Exhibition from Seattle’s Burke Museum Features Art of Ray Troll

Cruisin’ the Washington Fossil Freeway
with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson

On exhibit at the Harbor History Museum, Gig Harbor, Washington
February 2 through April 7, 2013

Gig Harbor, Wash. – Ammonites, trilobites, dinosaurs, oh my! Fossils are all around Washington. That’s the message paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll share in the traveling exhibit Cruisin’ the Washington Fossil Freeway, opening at the Harbor History Museum on February 2, 2013. Fossils have long been a subject of fascination and are used by paleontologists to help answer questions about early life on Earth. But how much can the fossil record tell us about evolution, extinction, and geologic time?

Cruisin’ the Washington Fossil Freeway features a specially commissioned Washington fossil map by Ray Troll. The exhibit also features panels of whimsical, fossil-inspired artwork by Troll as well as real fossil specimens. The exhibit combines visuals and text from paleontologist Kirk Johnson to tell the tale of prehistoric life and death in Washington. Come touch the cast of a mammoth tooth and travel the fossil freeway at the Harbor History Museum.

The exhibit features a variety of fossils from the Olympic Peninsula, on loan from the Museum and Arts Center in Sequim, Washington. A hands-on table provides the opportunity for visitors to touch and explore plant and insect fossils found at the Eocene Fossil Site at Republic, Washington, provided by the Stonerose Interpretive Center, and small fossils from other areas. Created just for this exhibit, a paleontological “dig site” in the gallery lets kids experience the thrill of “finding” a real fossil. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, and Sunday from noon to 4 pm.