Free First Thursday
Date & Time
First Thursday of each month
10 AM – 8 PM
FREE Admission; Advance timed tickets are REQUIRED for entry.
Join us from your home!
We can't wait to see you!
We’re the same (new!) museum you know and love, with some important updates that put your safety first.
Pre-purchased, timed tickets are required for all visitors to maintain physical distancing and manage capacity in the museum. Masks are required for all visitors except for children under the age of two (2). Masks will be available onsite in case you forget yours!
Free First Thursday
Admission to the Burke Museum is FREE and the museum is open until 8 pm on the first Thursday of every month.
Get closer to the daily work happening in the Burke Museum’s visible collections storage, labs and workrooms during Free First Thursday.
Helpful tips for Free First Thursday
Timed tickets are REQUIRED for entry. No on-site ticketing will be available.
Reserve your free timed tickets on our website.
Parking is limited. Consider using public transportation!
Parking on UW campus can be challenging especially during the day when classes are in session. If possible, we recommend using public transportation to visit the Burke Museum.
Looking for parking next to the Burke? No need to stop at the UW parking gatehouse.
The closest visitor parking is the N1 lot located next to the Burke Museum. Visitors can drive straight to the lot from Memorial Way NE (there's no need to stop at the parking gatehouse) and pay by machine with a credit card or use the pay by phone app. Need to find other parking options? Stop by the UW parking gatehouse.
UW parking is $6 after 4 pm
Another perk of coming to Free First Thursday in the late afternoon/evening is that UW parking is a flat fee of $6 after 4 pm.
Groups and schools
We are not facilitating group visits or in-person field trips at this time. Group visits and in-person field trips will resume when physical distancing recommendations from public health officials change.