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

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Temporary Closure Notice

Based on recommendations from the State of Washington and King County health officials, the Burke Museum is closed until it is safe to reopen. We are also postponing all programs at this time, including Burke Boxes, BurkeMobile, and field trips. To reschedule a program, contact or 206.543.5591.

As a public gathering space, this is a preventative action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensure the safety of our community, visitors, staff and volunteers. We will post any updates to our Visit page.

Temporary Closure FAQs | Education Programs

We will continue to rely on guidance from public health officials and the University of Washington as we make decisions about reopening or other operational adjustments. 

We will reach out to any programs that are affected should the Burke closure continue past March 31st. If your school needs to cancel/reschedule your program, please contact our Education department so we can assist.

Yes! You can find FREE educational resources on our Burke from Home page.

You can also sign up to receive Weekly Curriculum Packets—FREE resources and materials sent to you inbox each week from the Burke Education team. Each curriculum packet features a different theme, so there's something new to look forward to each week.

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We can certainly help you with rescheduling or refunding your program. All programs canceled due to Coronavirus-related closure can be rescheduled for a future date this school year, or we can issue you a refund if you have already paid for your program. If you have not already paid for your program, there is no penalty for canceling due to a Coronavirus-related closure.

Our education programs are full for the rest of the school year, but we are happy to book a visit with you for the upcoming year when the calendar opens in August. Please sign up for our Educator e-news on our website for notifications about when the 2020-2021 school year programs are available to book, and for other educational resources.

High-quality, hands-on science and cultural learning programs across Washington state

Burke education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. Using authentic materials and specimens, programs focus on using all of our senses to foster curiosity and create wonder.

Rooted in Burke research and collections, our programs emphasize the intersections of natural history and cultural heritage in Washington state and support 21st Century Skills.

Burke education programs encourage empathy for diverse cultures and all life. Whether at the museum, in the classroom, or in the community, programs encourage imagination and play, and support a lifelong love of learning.

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

Educators & Schools

Give your students a museum experience unlike any other—whether you come to the Burke or have a Burke outreach program come to you.

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Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum
Photo: Charissa Soriano/Burke Museum

Families & Youth

Bring the museum to life for learners of all ages through games, crafts, stories, experiments, demonstrations, discussions, and play.

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Cost Assistance

Our generous donors make it possible for Burke Education to offer cost assistance to eligible schools, programs and families to ensure no child is turned away because of financial limitations.

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