Photo: Burke Museum
Photo: Burke Museum

From tiny bumblebee bats to enormous blue whales to humans, mammals are the dominant group on our planet today. 

Investigate real furs, skulls and other specimens to learn about adaptations that have helped this group succeed in a variety of environments worldwide. Compare skull structures to understand differences between herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. 

Cost Assistance Application


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

What's Inside?

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

  • Polar Bear Fur
  • Wolf Fur - summer & winter coat
  • Coyote Fur
  • Red Panda Fur
  • Cottontail Rabbit Fur
  • Deer Fur
  • Harbor Seal Fur
  • Beaver Fur
  • North American Porcupine Quills
  • Mink Fur
  • Mountain Goat Wool
  • Black Bear Skull
  • Harbor Seal Skull
  • Coyote Skull
  • Beaver Skull
  • Snowshoe Hare Skull
  • Bobcat Skull
  • Deer Antler
  • Pronghorn Horn
  • Raccoon Skull
  • Spotted Skunk Skull
  • Muskrat Skull
  • Pine Chipmunk Skull
  • Townsend’s Mole Skull
  • Cougar Skull
  • Douglas Squirrel Specimen
  • Short-tailed Weasel Specimen
  • Pacific Jumping Mouse Specimen
  • Northwestern Deer Mouse Specimen
  • Is a Camel a Mammal?, by Tish Rabe
  • Discoveries: Mammals, by Carson Creagh
  • Pocket Genius: Mammals, by DK
  • The Wolves are Back, by Jean Craighead George
  • Mammals of Washington and Oregon, by Tamara Eder
  • Mammals Picture Cards

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.

Burke Boxes can now be picked up on the start date of your rental from the Burke Museum business entrance during business hours (8 am – 5 pm), Monday through Friday.

The new Burke Museum address is 4300 15th Ave NE, Seattle (located to the west of the former facility—entrance is near the main UW entrance at NE 45th St and Memorial Way NE).

More detailed information will be provided to customers via email as we transition to our new building. If you have questions or concerns about your ability to retrieve or drop off your Burke Box, please call us at 206.543.5591.

Your Burke Boxes should be returned to the new Burke Museum loading dock by 4 PM on the last day of your rental period. For shipped boxes, your Burke Box should be placed in the mail for return no later than  the last day of your rental period. Please check that all materials are in the box and packaged properly before returning; you are responsible for any lost or damaged items.

Give us a call at 206.543.5591 or email 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 and programs across the state. To apply, please fill out our Burke Box Cost Assistance Request form.

Yes, Burke Boxes can be mailed to 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 Burke Boxes back to the Burke Museum is the responsibility of the renter. Burke Boxes should be mailed for return 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. We're sorry for any inconvenience!

Yes, 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 the Education office at 206.543.5591 as soon as possible.

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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