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From the Inside Out

Now open! It's a new kind of museum—and a whole new way to experience our world.

two young girls look closely at a tyrannosaurus rex skull as a volunteer points out details to them


Now open!
Daily 10 AM – 5 PM

Plan Your Visit


4300 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA, United States

Directions & Parking


Full-price adult tickets are $22
Advance timed-entry tickets available

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a young girl talks to a burke staff member about a oceanic paddle she's holding
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

people dance at night

NiteLife: EARTH

Friday, January 24

Get a close-up look at our planet at this rockin' after-hours party! 

a family talks to a staff member with a triceratops fossil on the table in front of them
Photo: Timothy Kenney/Burke Museum
Photo: Timothy Kenney/Burke Museum

Open Doors

Get closer

Chat with staff and volunteers working with collections every Saturday and Sunday.


Visitor Photos


a woman and man point out details in a cloth in the collection

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