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From the Inside Out

It’s a new kind of museum—and a whole new way to experience our world.

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Opening October 12

Join us for three days of celebration and special programs, October 12–14.

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Experience the Burke

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Photo: Andrew Waits
Photo: Andrew Waits

The Burke collects a lot of things, dust isn't one of them.

The Burke brings research and collections out from behind the scenes so you can bring your perspective and your passions forward.  

As the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture, our collections are your collections. We can use them to learn about the past, connect to the world around us, and create a better future together.

Our Work


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Our Work

At the Burke, we bring together people, objects and the stories that make them meaningful.

Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington
Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington