The Burke collects many things—dust isn’t one of them
Every division at the Burke engages in groundbreaking research and helps people of all ages better understand the world around them. Gifts to research departments and Burke programs positively impact our ability to continue this work today and long into the future.
Bill Holm Center
The Bill Holm Center is a global learning center, which supports Native and public access to the Burke’s Native art and artifact collections through research grants, programs, and publications.
The Culture Department includes more than one million contemporary cultural and archaeological collections from around the world.
Arachnology + Entomology
The Arachnology and Entomology Collection contains nearly 350,000 specimens of spiders, moths, harvestman and other non-mollusk invertebrates.
Botany + Herbarium
The Herbarium (WTU) Collection is an international resource for research into Pacific Northwest plants, fungi, lichen and algae.
The Genetic Resource Collection is a "library" of biodiversity, containing tissue specimens for use in molecular research.
The herpetological collection contains more than 8,000 specimens. These specimens are a resource for researchers at the Burke Museum and beyond.
The Ichthyology Collection maintains a large archival collection of preserved fishes from the Pacific Northwest and around the world.
The Malacology Collection consists of approximately 250,000 mollusc specimens of snail, clam, chiton and nautilus shells.
The Mammalogy Collection contains more than 55,000 specimens, with a strong emphasis on mammals from the Pacific Northwest.
The Ornithological Collection consists of birds from the Pacific Northwest, North America and many other parts of the world.
Invertebrate Paleontology + Micropaleontology
The Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology Collections contain more than 2.5 million fossils and microfossils.
Paleobotany researchers use the collections of plant fossils to draw evolutionary and ecological links between climate, plants and animals through geologic time.
The Vertebrate Paleontology Collection includes 43,000 specimens of fossil mammals, birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, amphibians and fishes.
Your gift to the Annual Fund enables us to bring engaging exhibits and educational programs to the community. We couldn’t do what we do without your support.
DIG Field School
Help provide a free, immersive, hands-on research experience to K-12 teachers from across Washington and Montana, in turn serving over 1,000 students annually.
Education + Public Programs
The Burke Museum provides high quality science and cultural learning experiences to students of all ages in Washington state and innovative special programs for the entire community.
The Burke is engaged in a multi-year transformation project that will culminate in a new museum facility.