Grand Opening Day

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

Date & Time

Saturday, October 12
10 AM – 5 PM

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Grand Opening Day

Celebrate Grand Opening with singers, dancers, poets and DJs, and be among the first to see the six new galleries, 12 visible labs and workrooms, and artists’ workshop in the New Burke!

The new Burke Yard outdoor space will be transformed into a festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks. See our calendar for more Grand Opening events.

Grand Opening Weekend is also the grand opening of the new Off the Rez Café! Enjoy tasty fry bread and other Native foods in Off the Rez’s first brick-and-mortar location. Their food truck, rated one of the Top 25 Food Trucks in America by Food Network, will also be here all of opening weekend.

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Grand Opening Day

Schedule of Activities


All Day

  • Microscope investigations, coloring, and touchable objects
  • Fossil rubbing and dino play
  • Hidden Husky Scavenger Hunt: Find the huskies to win a temporary tattoo!

Collection Activities

  • 10 AM - 2 PM: Artist Studio Open Door with weaver Lisa Telford
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Archaeology Workroom Open Door
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Contemporary Culture Workroom Open Door
  • 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM: Paleontology Workroom Open Door
  • 1:30-4:30 PM: Learning Lab Inside the Glass with the Herbarium
  • 1:30-4:30 PM: Biology Workroom Open Door

Burke Yard


  • 10:15 AM: Songs with Chief Kitsap Academy
  • 11 AM: Songs with Hmong Association of Washington
  • 11:30 AM: Stories with Richard Markarstrum
  • 12 PM: Burke Trivia
  • 12:30 PM: Dancing with Lynette Finau and Pacific Island Students
  • 1:30 PM: Dancing with Huraiti Mana
  • 2 PM: Theater with Red Eagle Soaring
  • 2:30 PM: Burke Trivia
  • 3 PM: Dancing with Kuttu Tokia Warriors
  • 3:30 PM: Dancing with Marshallese Dancers
  • 4:30 PM: Karaoke


  • 10 AM - 2 PM: Denny Hurtado
  • 2 PM - 5 PM: Taylor Ahana-Jamile

Carving Demonstrations

  • 2-5 PM: Greg Robinson, Greg Archuleta, Ceara Lewis, Devon Robinson

Weaving Demonstrations

  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Marshallese Weavers

Live Art

  • 10 AM - 3 PM: Chalk Artist Monyee Chau
  • 1-5 PM: Chalk Artist Gillian Duenas

Partner Stations

  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Learn about the native plants in the New Burke landscaping with members of the Oxbow Farms & Conservation Center—the organization that cultivated over 70,000 plants from seedlings
  • 10 AM - 5 PM: The Seattle Times
  • 12-2 PM: Ask questions with KUOW’s SoundQ’s. (Your question may be answered on one of their future programs!)

Food Trucks

  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Off the Rez
  • 10 AM - 5 PM: Pecos Pit Bar-B-Que
  • 1-5 PM: Sweet Alchemy Ice Cream

Timed Tickets

Book a timed ticket ahead of your visit:

  • Advance timed tickets are offered every 60 minutes throughout the day. If advance tickets are still available, they will be listed at
  • Please arrive as close as possible to the entry time listed on your ticket. There is a lot to see and do at the Burke Museum, so we suggest allowing between 1 1/2 and 2 hours to make the most of your visit.
  • Walk up admissions may be available on a first come, first served basis as museum capacity allows.


Grand Opening Sponsors
New Burke Media Sponsors

With support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the University of Washington.