Photo: Burke Museum
Photo: Burke Museum

Get to know our feathered friends! 

Get to know our feathered friends and their unique features like specialized beaks and hollow bones. Observe real specimens of some of the most common species of birds in Washington and learn more about their natural history. Compare spread wing specimens and conduct an experiment to understand how form meets function when it comes to flight.    

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1 week rental: $50
2 week rental: $60
Each additional week: $20

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What's Inside?

Burke Boxes include museum-quality collection pieces and resources, as well as activities that can be tailored to many different ages and interests.

  • Hummingbird egg
  • American Robin egg
  • Black-Capped Chickadee egg
  • Red-Tailed Hawk skull
  • Great Horned Owl egg
  • Mallard specimen
  • Nest
  • Red-Tailed Hawk egg
  • Great Horned Owl wing
  • Red-Tailed Hawk specimen
  • Red-Tailed Hawk talon
  • Gull foot
  • Northern Flicker tail feather
  • Body contour feather
  • Filoplume feather
  • Cedar Waxwing wing feather
  • Downy feather
  • Common Nighthawk wing
  • Varied Thrush specimen
  • Red-Breasted Sapsucker specimen
  • Western Meadowlark specimen
  • Northern Flicker specimen
  • American Robin specimen
  • Dark-Eyed Junco specimen
  • European Starling specimen
  • Evening Grosbeak specimen
  • Bohemian Waxwing wing
  • Swainson's Thrush specimen
  • American Kestrel specimen
  • Fox Sparrow bones
  • Common Tern egg
  • Northern Flicker egg
  • Primary feather
  • Glaucous-Winged Gull skull
  • DK Eyewitness Books: Birds by David Burnie
  • Sibley Birds West by David Allen Sibley
  • Fine Feathered Friends by Tish Rabe and Aristides Ruiz
  • Birds: Nature's Magnificent Flying Machines by Caroline Arnold and Patricia J. Wynne

Questions & Answers

We've compiled answers to some of the most common questions we receive. Have another question that you need help with? Contact us. Please also refer to the Burke Box Terms & Conditions (PDF) for more information.

Yes. We have used research from the CDC, NHS, WHO and other major institutions to build guidelines that ensure a safe Burke Box experience for both clients and Burke staff.

We encourage people using Burke Boxes to help us further increase the safety of Burke Boxes by following recommended best practices—wear masks and follow proper hand washing procedures before and after engaging with your Burke Box.

Our rental schedule assures all boxes and their contents are thoroughly quarantined before being handled by staff and clients. It also allows us to accommodate adjusted staffing patterns at the Burke as we navigate our COVID response. If it is impossible to manage a Burke Box pick up or drop off on the days available, please contact Burke Education at

Learning doesn’t always happen in a brick and mortar building. Luckily, Burke Boxes are very adaptable resources that can be used easily in distance learning situations.

Check out our tips for teaching remotely with Burke Boxes.

Absolutely! In addition to classrooms around the state, Burke Boxes have been used by homeschooling parents, after school groups, community groups, early learning facilities, and libraries! Each Burke Box includes lesson plans and resources to give you guidelines and ideas for how to use your box. 

Burke Boxes can be picked up on the start date of your rental from the Burke Museum Business Entrance at the northeast corner of the building during business hours (8 AM – 4 PM). 

When you arrive at the Burke Museum, use the call button to tell staff you are picking up or returning a Burke Box. A Burke staff member will bring your box out if you are picking up and will retrieve the box from outside if you are dropping off. To minimize the spread of illness and germs, clients will no longer enter the Burke Business Entrance and must wear a mask during drop off and pick up.

The Burke Museum address is 4300 15th Ave NE, Seattle (get directions to the Burke). If driving, you may pull into the N1 parking lot off of Memorial Way NE (the main entrance to UW campus off of NE 45th St). Please use the loading and unloading zone when picking up your Burke Box and not the adjacent parking lot or the main visitor entrance. The N1 parking lot is a paid lot managed by the University of Washington Transportation Services.

If you have questions or concerns about your ability to retrieve or drop off your Burke Box, please email Burke Education at

Your Burke Boxes should be returned to the Burke Museum Business Entrance by 4 PM on the last day of your rental period. For shipped boxes, your Burke Box should be mailed with a carrier of your choice no later than the last day of your rental period

Email as soon as possible if you are unable to return your Box on time for any reason. Please note that we have a late fee of $10 per day per Burke Box.

A Burke Box rental costs*:

$50 for 1 week 
$60 for 2 weeks
$20 for each additional week

Please note: Pricing for Backyard Scientist Backpacks is structured differently from other Burke Boxes. Please see the Backpacks page for pricing.

Payment can be made online through our webform or in person via credit card, check, or purchase order no later than the last date of the rental period.

*Does not include shipping costs.

Yes! Our generous donors make it possible for us to offer cost assistance to schools, families, and programs across the state. To apply, please fill out our Burke Box Cost Assistance Request form.

Yes, Burke Boxes can be mailed to Washington state recipients outside of King County* for an additional $30 per box (Please note: Cost assistance and scholarships cannot be applied to shipping costs.). This fee does not include return shipping; mailing all Boxes back to the Burke Museum is the responsibility of the renter. Burke Boxes should be mailed through the carrier of your choice no later than the last day of the rental period. All return Burke Boxes should be shipped to: 

The Burke Museum
4300 15th Ave NE
Box 353010
Seattle, WA 98195

*Due to proximity to the museum and an increasing number of rentals, we aren't able to offer shipping within King County or outside the state of Washington. We're sorry for any inconvenience!

If you are unable to pick-up or return a Burke Box on the scheduled date, or need to change or cancel a reservation, please call email Burke Education at

Cancellations must be made a minimum of two weeks before the scheduled ship or pick-up date for a refund. Cancellations made with less than two weeks’ notice will be charged the full rental fee.


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