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Grades 2-5 Tours

Bring a group for special admission rates and programs to fit every age and intellectual interest. Reservations are required.

What Is Archaeology? Discovery Tour

Discovery Tour | Cultural Traditions | Earth Sciences

The scientific techniques of examining the past are taught using real tools, artifacts, and Ice Age fossils. Students learn about the detective work that archaeologists do as they piece together clues from our simulated dig sites. Pre-visit curriculum packet contains many other useful ideas for teaching about archaeology in Washington.

Group size:
15 - 35 students
Tour length:
1 hour 15 minutes
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$7/student (adult chaperones free)

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archeology
Photo by Julie Stein

Rocks and Minerals Discovery Tour

Discovery Tour | Earth Sciences

The museum's hands-on rock and mineral specimens are the center of this introduction to the basics of Earth Science. Student groups sort and classify a collection, analyze and identify minerals, experiment with the properties of various rocks in the Discovery Lab, and see displays of Washington's amazing variety of geological wonders.

Group size:
15 - 35 students
Tour length:
1 hour 15 minutes
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$7/student (adult chaperones free)

Resources about this tour

rocks and minerals
Photo by Gabe Kean

Rock, Paper, Feathers!

Discovery Tour |

Explore the whole museum with a unique set of experiences for each and every group including interactive stations, real museum collections, touch tables, and art-making. Ideal for non-school groups or first-time classes who want to see everything.
Age 3 and up

Group size:
10 -120 students
Tour length:
1 hour 30 minutes
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$7/student (adult chaperones free)

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Fossil Discovery Tour

Discovery Tour | Earth Sciences

Paleontologists have exciting jobs, but what exactly do they do? The Burke's outstanding exhibit of fossils dates from long before the dinosaurs to the last Ice Age, and provides the perfect setting for learning about geological time, the formation of fossils, and the work of a paleontologist. Solving fossil puzzles and digging at our simulated indoor fossil dig site are included.

Group size:
15 - 35 students
Tour length:
1 hour 15 minutes
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$7/student (adult chaperones free)

Resources about this tour

fossil
Photo by Todd Parker

First Peoples of the Pacific Northwest

Discovery Tour | Cultural Traditions

Explore the living Native American traditions of fishing and weaving, the techniques of basket-making and carving, and the significance of stories and ceremonies using the museum's collection of artifacts and art. Students work in small groups exploring the exhibits for information about their topic, then learn to make a model bentwood box, fish hook, basket, woven mat, or canoe to take back to school.

Group size:
15 - 35 students
Tour length:
1 hour 15 minutes
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
$7/student (adult chaperones free)

Resources about this tour

first nations
Photo by MaryAnn Barron

Guided Tours

Guided Tours are a wonderful way to introduce your students to a new topic, to focus in on almost any subject you're exploring in the classroom, or to follow up a unit you've been studying. Guided tours provide a stimulating question/answer format with an experienced docent who has the inside story on the exhibits and issues around them. Students have a chance to handle real artifacts from other cultures, or scientific specimens from the museum's teaching collections. It's the closest thing there is to the exhibit cases opening up before your eyes!

Group size:
15 - 35 students
Tour length:
1 hour
Tour times:
M–F call or e-mail for available times
Tour price:
$7/student (adult chaperones free)
Tour topics (choose one):
Fossils and Dinosaurs
Pacific Rim Cultures
Northwest Coast Art and Culture

Resources about this tour

Students at Burke
Photo by Rebecca Durkin

Jumbo Group Tour Formats

We can accommodate large groups! By combining gallery exploration, group activities, and individual study of a particular exhibit, you and your students get the most from your visit in an expanded time slot. We provide gallery worksheets, one activity or take-home project per student, and pre-visit materials. Our staff will work with you and your chaperones at the museum to provide a meaningful and enjoyable visit.

Group size:
36–100 students (or more!)
Tour length:
1 hour 30 minutes +
Tour times:
M–F Suggested tour times are: 9am, 10am, and 12pm
Other times by arrangement
Tour price:
36-75 students $8.50/student
76+ students $10/student
(Adult chaperones free)

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jumbo tour
Photo by Diane Quinn

Self-Guided Tours

SELF-GUIDED groups are welcome on a space-available basis everyday. Use the exhibits as a backdrop for teaching something new, or simply bring your students in to draw some of their favorite objects. We'll send you a free pass to preview the exhibits so you can create your own special tour format.

*Special arrangements can be made for larger groups, and for groups that request longer visits.

Group size:
10–60 students*
Tour length:
1 hour*
Tour times:
Available during regular museum hours (10 am – 5 pm)
Tour price:
$6/student (adult chaperones free)

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Visitors taking a tour
Photo by MaryAnn Barron