The Burke offers a special event for everyone with popular annual family events like Dino Day, lectures with prominent leaders in the arts and sciences, exhibit-related programs, cultural festivals, and more!
Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities demonstrates what we all know: women are more powerful together. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see the exhibit with a special group of women in your own life—your family, friends, co-workers, or book group!
For three years, Seattle photographer Chris Jordan has immersed himself in a stunning environmental tragedy on fabled Midway Atoll in the heart of the Pacific: the starvation of thousands of albatrosses who mistake our floating plastic trash for food.
Join us to celebrate the Burke's newest exhibit, Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives That Transform Communities, which illustrates how the power of grassroots collaborations transform women's lives, bringing together first-person quotes, stellar photographs, and stunning examples of the cooperatives' handmade traditional arts.
Every weekend in June, explore birds at the Burke! See and touch birds and feathers from the collections, make your own bird feeder to take home, and learn how to ID local birds by their “songs.” Also learn about the types of birds found in our local parks, and join us for guided exhibit tours every Saturday at 1 pm.
The Burke Museum and UW Club present the Campus Wedding and Special Events Fair, June 30th. Many venues on campus will open their doors and provide vendor demonstrations and samples, with British Motor Coach to ferry attendees from spot to spot! Registration is $5 at the link below. Join us to see campus transformed for your special event!
Register for the event here.
On July 20-21, come to the Burke’s Empowering Women Artisan Market, open both Saturday and Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm. This event offers the rare chance to meet artists featured in the Empowering Women exhibit from across the globe. Expect this market to spill outside the museum, in true street market style!
Bird and butterfly enthusiasts, it’s time to follow the natural course of evolution and progress to dragonflies. Learn about their basic biology and the identification and natural history of local species from Dennis Paulson, Northwest expert on dragonflies, and see a sample of the 80 species that occur in Washington in the field.
The Burke Museum presents a monthly pub quiz for science buffs, culture gurus, and museum lovers. Bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Compete with other teams for drink vouchers and other prizes. Teams are limited to 6 players. Cost: $5 per team.
Burke Trivia Night happens every first Thursday at 8 pm at the College Inn Pub.
Hosted by the Burke Museum at the College Inn Pub, 4006 University Way NE. Support for Trivia Night was provided by the University of Washington Graduate School. This is a 21+ event.
Learn the basics for creating botanical illustrations from professional botanist, botanical illustrator, and teacher, Dr. Linda Ann Vorobik. Linda introduces participants to drawing skills, parts of the plant, watercolor techniques as used for painting plant portraits, and more over the two-day workshop.
Birds at the Burke will return on Oct 19th from 10 am – 4 pm. Included is a rare collection of over 500 separate nests with eggs, part of which will be on display at the Burke’s newest annual event – Birds at the Burke. The day will include tours of birds on the UW campus, bird specimen preparation, mist net demonstrations, research tables on Burke Ornithology, sample specimens, and talks on how and why birds sing and fly.