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!
Every weekend in May, explore the plants of Washington at the Burke. See native plants from the collections, make your own plant press to take home, and explore the Erna Gunther Ethnobotanical Garden. Also join us for guided exhibit tours every Saturday at 1 pm.
This year’s Botany Washington is being co-sponsored by the Washington Native Plant Society and the University of Washington Herbarium at the Burke Museum. Our goal is to provide an outstanding opportunity for participants of all levels of botanical skill to explore the rich diversity of Central Washington’s flora in the lower Grand Coulee through three tracks of field study: one designed for technical study of selected taxonomic groups, one for improving plant keying skills using the Flora of the Pacific Northwest, and the other designed for individuals with little or no botanical background but who are interested in learning more about wildflowers of this area.
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.
On the first Thursday of every month, admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum will remain open until 8 pm. Hands-on activities are offered each month.
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.
"Knowing Your Grasses" is critical to many fields of science and practice, including wetland identification and delineation, ecosystem restoration, erosion control, and interpretation of natural history. Beautiful and diverse, grasses are globally important in many ways—fundamental to the past and future survival of humans. The Washington Native Plant Society and the University of Washington Herbarium are proudly partnering to offer this grass identification Workshop.
On June 15, the Burke celebrates the opening of Empowering Women: Artisan Cooperatives that Transform Communities with a look at art from Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca. Talks include:
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.
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!