New Burke Grand Opening

New Burke
Grand Opening

October 12–14, 2019

Welcome to the New Burke

With working labs you can see into, one-of-a-kind objects all around you, and galleries filled with curiosity and conversation, it's a new kind of museum—and a whole new way to experience our world.

During Grand Opening Weekend, the new Burke Yard outdoor space will be transformed into a festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the new Burke Museum! Advance timed-entry tickets are now available.

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About the new building

burke museum exterior sign "BURKE" with banner reading "opening october 12"
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum

Northwest Roots

Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig, the New Burke combines dramatic views of objects with Northwest features like sustainable wood siding, a native plant garden, and a shed-style roof inspired by traditional Coast Salish dwellings.

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Get Ready

The Seattle "See Through the Burke" Challenge

Get ready for the new Burke Museum by completing our Seattle "See Through the Burke" challenge. It's your guide to Seattle through the lens of your Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Download a map, visit each location, and collect clues to solve the natural history mystery along the way. You just may see the "everyday" in a totally different way.

View Map (PDF)

Thank You

Donors & Project Partners

Gifts from the community are the heart of the New Burke project—more than one third of the new museum is funded by individuals like you. We are so thankful for our family of supporters helping to open the doors of the new Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture.

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Members Experience More

Join today, experience the New Burke first. A Burke Museum membership pays for itself in only 3 visits!

New Burke

Getting Ready

For Media Inquiries

Visit the Press Room



Grand Opening Sponsors
New Burke Media Sponsors

With support from the Seattle Office of Arts & Culture and the University of Washington.

a woman and man point out details in a cloth in the collection

Our Work

At the Burke, we bring together people, objects and the stories that make them meaningful.

Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington
Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington