New Burke Groundbreaking Celebration

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
1–3 PM, Program Begins at 1:30 PM

FREE FOR ALL; RSVP recommended

Burke Museum Parking Lot (UW lot N1)

New Burke Museum

New Burke Museum, 15th AVE NE/NE 43rd ST entrance.
Illustration: Olson Kundig/Stephanie Bower Architectural Illustration.

New Burke Museum

New Burke Museum, Memorial Way/NE 43rd ST entrance.
Illustration: Olson Kundig/Stephanie Bower Architectural Illustration.

Interior view of the New Burke Museum.
Illustration: Olson Kundig/Stephanie Bower Architectural Illustration.

Join us to celebrate breaking ground on the New Burke—a flagship museum of natural history and culture for Washington state. RSVP and let us know you're coming!

Presenters include:

  • Rex Buck, Wanapum Tribe 
  • Ana Mari Cauce, President, University of Washington
  • Frank Chopp, Washington State Speaker of the House
  • Dow Constantine, King County Executive
  • Jeannie Enriquez, Director, Royal School District's Preschool Program
  • Leonard Forsman, Chairman, The Suquamish Tribe
  • Joe Fitzgibbon, Washington State Representative
  • Ray Fryberg, The Tulalip Tribes
  • Jim Honeyford, Washington State Senator
  • Hyeok Kim, Deputy Mayor, City of Seattle
  • Warren King George, Muckleshoot Tribe
  • Steve Tharinger, Washington State Representative
  • Zer Vue, Nationally Board Certified Educator and a Board Commissioner, Washington State Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs
  • Brady Walkinshaw, Washington State Representative
About the New Burke

Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig Architects, the new, 113,000 sq. ft. building located on the University of Washington Seattle campus will be 60% larger than the current building. Exhibits and learning areas will be integrated with working spaces throughout the museum, inviting everyone to uncover the depth and breadth of the museum’s collections and experience the thrill of daily discoveries generated at the Burke. State-of-the-art labs will serve more students, researchers and artists. Larger collections storage spaces and climate control will ensure the Burke can properly care for the objects that make up our shared heritage for generations to come.

Construction of the New Burke Museum begins May 2016, managed by the University of Washington and led by general contractor/construction manager Skanska. The New Burke will open to the public in 2019.

More information is available at

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