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Exclusive events and opportunities for UW students.

Welcome to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture's University of Washington student web page. Here you'll find information on exclusive student events and opportunities for getting involved at the museum.


After Hours @ the Burke

Experience a different side of the Burke. After Hours @ the Burke is an evening event bringing music, food, art, culture and science together in a unique way. Explore the museum with friends while getting an intimate look at Burke exhibits and collections. After Hours @ the Burke is FREE with UW ID.

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UW students during After Hours @ the Burke
Photo by Rachel Crick

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Burke Museum Student Advisory Board
Photo by Rachel Crick

Burke Museum Student Advisory Board

Are you a University of Washington Student interested in the arts or natural sciences? Want to build and strengthen your leadership skills? Do you have ideas for how the Burke Museum can better serve students at the UW? Then come be a part of the Burke Student Advisory Board (BSAB).

The Mission of the BSAB is:
The Burke Student Advisory Board (BSAB) serves as an avenue for communication between the Burke Museum and the University of Washington student body. We increase UW student involvement by advocating for the Burke’s mission, advising museum staff on student interests, and promoting resources and events.

The BSAB infuses the Burke Museum with the student perspective. As a member you will:

  • Help plan and promote student events on campus
  • Expand your knowledge of natural history and culture
  • Exercise your creative spirit
  • Develop your resume
  • Meet new people and make friends
  • Get exclusive behind-the-scenes tours

Visit our volunteer page for more information about BSAB and to apply today!

Burke Trivia Night at the College Inn Pub

Burke Trivia Night is a fun monthly event where learning can literally pay off!  At 8 pm on the first Thursday of the month, bring your friends to the College Inn Pub and test your knowledge of the natural world. Cost: $5 per team, maximum of 6 people per team. This is a 21+ event.

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Burke Trivia Night

Student docents engage the public in hands-on activities in the galleries.
Photo by Karen Orders

Burke 101

Get Credit (and More!)

What is Burke 101?

Burke 101 is a program that integrates University of Washington students into our education programs at the Burke Museum. This program gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to learn and practice informal teaching techniques, facilitate activities, and to engage museum visitors of all ages with museum objects.

How can I get credit for this program?

Please contact either the Carlson Center or the Pipeline Project and/or your advisor. The Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center and the Pipeline Project at the Center for Experiential Learning and Diversity offer up to 4 credits per quarter to UW student volunteers. Up to 3 General Studies credits may also be available through your major. Please contact your advisor for more information.


  • Enhance your resume
  • Handle museum specimens
  • Learn more about natural history and culture
  • Make connections in the museum community
  • Gain experience teaching and working with the public


Contact Burke Education at burked@uw.edu

Become a student docent

Do you love the Burke Museum? Are you looking for ways to get more involved? Then sign-up to become a volunteer docent at the Burke.

As a docent you will:

  • Handle museum specimens
  • Make connections in the museum community
  • Gain experience teaching
  • Introduce tour groups to exhibits
  • Build your resume!

Each quarter the Burke Museum offers docent training for UW students. For more information, contact Burke Education at burked@uw.edu.


Become a volunteer at the Burke Museum!

Volunteers help make the Burke Museum and its programs a success! Volunteer positions at the museum vary from working in one of the 11 collections areas to leading school tours, from helping with craft activities during public programs to promoting the Burke at community events. For more information contact Sam Porter, volunteer manager, at burkevol@uw.edu

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Work at the Burke!

The Burke Museum has a number of work study positions available to students who qualify. Search for "Burke Museum" on the UW's work study website for current positions.