Burke Box Logistics

Burke Box Logistics

Reservations Required

Request a box online
Email: burked@uw.edu
Call: 206.543.5591

If you reserve by phone or email, please provide the following:

  • Name of the contact person
  • Name and address of school or organization
  • Daytime or message phone number
  • Desired rental dates and back-up dates
  • Whether you would like to pick up the collection or have it mailed
  • Billing/Shipping address if different from school or contact address 


Rental prices range from $25 to $50 (plus tax) for 1-week rentals, from $30 to $60 (plus tax) for 2-week rentals, and from $10 to $20 (plus tax) for additional each additional week. For detailed price information, see individual box listings or the 2014–2015 Price List (PDF). Cost assistance is available. Shipping costs are additional (see below).


Full payment—cash, check, credit cards or purchase order. Payment is due on or before the last date of your rental period. All checks should be made out to the University of Washington. You may mail payment to:

Education Division
Burke Museum
Box 353010
University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Picking Up & Returning

Boxes are available for pick-up at the museum or can be shipped for an additional fee. Please note that reservations are required.

Pick-up: Burke Boxes can be picked up in the Education Office, Monday to Friday, 8 am – 5 pm. The entrance to the Education Office is located on the west side of the building, just inside the loading dock entrance. See our Plan Your Visit page for directions.

Weekend pick-up/drop-off may also be possible, but arrangements must be made in advance. The museum is open from 10 am – 5 pm on weekends and most holidays.

Shipping: Most boxes can be mailed. Shipping fees are additional, ranging from $20 to $35 one way, depending on weight. You are responsible for all shipping costs.

Return: Before returning the Burke Box, please check that all materials are included and carefully packed. You are responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Burke Boxes should be returned to the museum by 5 pm on the due date indicated on the invoice. This includes boxes that are mailed. There is a late return fee of $5 per day.

Changes and Cancellations

If you are unable to pick up or return your Burke Box on the scheduled date, or if you decide to cancel your reservation, please call the Education Office immediately. Cancellations should be made at least two weeks before the scheduled mail or pick-up date. This is essential. We often have a waiting list of teachers anxious to use the collections. Cancellations made less than two weeks before your rental dates will be charged the full rental fee.

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