Support Research and Programs

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.

Lou-ann Neel at the Bill Holm Center
Photo: Burke Museum

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.

Fish hooks from Burke collection
Photo: Andrew Waits


The Culture Department includes more than one million contemporary cultural and archaeological collections from around the world.

Arachnid specimen vials
Photo: Andrew Waits

Arachnology + Entomology

The Arachnology and Entomology Collection contains nearly 350,000 specimens of spiders, moths, harvestman and other non-mollusk invertebrates.

Photo: Andrew Waits

Botany + Herbarium

The Herbarium (WTU) Collection is an international resource for research into Pacific Northwest plants, fungi, lichen and algae. 

Photo: Burke Museum

Genetic Resources

The Genetic Resource Collection is a "library" of biodiversity, containing tissue specimens for use in molecular research. 

Photo: Andrew Waits


The herpetological collection contains more than 8,000 specimens. These specimens are a resource for researchers at the Burke Museum and beyond.

Photo: Andrew Waits


The Ichthyology Collection maintains a large archival collection of preserved fishes from the Pacific Northwest and around the world. 

Photo: Burke Museum


The Malacology Collection consists of approximately 250,000 mollusc specimens of snail, clam, chiton and nautilus shells. 

Photo: Andrew Waits


The Mammalogy Collection contains more than 55,000 specimens, with a strong emphasis on mammals from the Pacific Northwest. 

Photo: Burke Museum


The Ornithological Collection consists of birds from the Pacific Northwest, North America and many other parts of the world.

Paleontology + Geology
Foraminifera slides
Photo: Andrew Waits

Invertebrate Paleontology + Micropaleontology

The Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology Collections contain more than 2.5 million fossils and microfossils.

Photo: Richard Brown Photography


Paleobotany researchers use the collections of plant fossils to draw evolutionary and ecological links between climate, plants and animals through geologic time.

Photo: Andrew Waits

Vertebrate Paleontology

The Vertebrate Paleontology Collection includes 43,000 specimens of fossil mammals, birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, amphibians and fishes.

Programs + Other Funds
Behind the scenes collection drawers
Photo: Andrew Waits

Annual Fund

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 landscape
Photo: Burke Museum

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.

BurkeMobile students with drum
Photo: Richard Brown Photography

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.

New Burke Street View
Illustration:Stephanie Bower | Olson Kundig

New Burke

The Burke is engaged in a multi-year transformation project that will culminate in a new museum facility.


Anna O’Donnell
Director of Development

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