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Experience the Burke Museum as only members can

As a member, you can explore, engage and enjoy benefits all year long! Members receive special behind-the-scenes access, discounts and insider information. And members make a difference. Member contributions to the Burke make it possible for us to discover new things about the world around us—the life before us—and share them with our community. Thank you for your support! 

Member Services

Member Benefits
Unlimited Free Admission
  • Visit as often as you like with FREE admission
Special Access
  • Venture into the collections and meet curators at our annual Members’ Behind-the-Scenes Night
  • See exhibits before they open to the public at member preview parties
  • Beat the crowds with early admission and priority entry for popular events like Dino Day, Bug Blast and art markets
Insider Information
  • Get access to the latest news and stories through our monthly member e-newsletter
Children look at artifacts on table

Members' Behind-the-Scenes Night
Photo: Andrew Waits

People taking photos of baskets on shelves

Members' Behind-the-Scenes Night
Photo: Andrew Waits

Children looking closely at object in woman's hand

Members' Behind-the-Scenes Night
Photo: Andrew Waits

Woman holding jawbone

Members' Behind-the-Scenes Night
Photo: Andrew Waits

Membership Levels

Membership for the following levels includes all benefits listed above. See below for discounted membership options. Ready to become a member? Join today!

Cascade Associate – $100 BEST VALUE
  • All Family level benefits
  • Four guest passes to the Burke Museum
  • Recognition in the Burke Museum annual report
  • FREE admission to more than 700 museums and cultural centers throughout the U.S.through the NARM, ROAM, and ASTC reciprocal programs
Student – $25

Benefits for one currently-enrolled student (18 or older) 

Individual – $45

Benefits for one adult (ages 18–61)

Dual Adult – $55

Benefits for two adults (ages 18–61)

Family – $75

Benefits for two adults and up to four children (under 18)

Supporting Memberships
Northwest Partner – $250
  • All Cascade Associate level benefits
  • Invitations to special donor events
  • Six guest passes to the Burke Museum
Pacific Patron – $500
Curator's Circle – $1,000
  • All Pacific Patron level benefits
  • One complimentary Family membership to give as a gift
  • One private behind-the-scenes tour of the Museum
  • 10 guest passes to the Burke Museum
Membership Discounts
We offer reduced membership rates for:
  • Educators: $10 off Family membership (ID required)
  • Seniors: $15 off Individual or Dual Adult membership
  • UWAA Members: $5 off Individual, Dual Adult or Family membership, $10 off Cascade Associate membership (current alumni ID required) 
  • UW Faculty, Staff, and Retirees: $54 for Family membership (payroll deduction available)
Ways to Join

Join, renew or give the gift of membership online today. It’s just a click away! 

In Person

Purchase a membership at the museum between 10 am – 5 pm every day. If you want to check out the museum first, you can apply your ticket price toward a membership at the end of your visit.

By Phone

Call Member Services at 206.616.6057 to purchase your membership over the phone.

By Payroll Deduction

University of Washington faculty and staff can sign up and pay for their memberships through payroll deduction. Contact Member Services at 206.616.6057 for more information.

Looking for more ways to support the Burke?

Learn more about ways to make a personal or corporate financial donation and about our current volunteer opportunities.

Your membership cost is tax deductible!
Membership payments are tax deductible less $10 for each guest pass received and less $75 if optional family membership is given away as part of a Curator's Circle or Director's Circle membership purchase. Pursuant to RCW 19.09, the University of Washington is registered as a charitable organization with the Secretary of State for the State of Washington. For information, call the Office of the Secretary of State: 1.800.332.4483.

Please note: Membership purchases are non-refundable.

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