New Burke Grand Opening

New Burke
Grand Opening

October 12–14, 2019


Advance tickets for the new Burke Museum will go on sale
beginning Tuesday, September 3 at 10 am.

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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)

Upcoming Events

Join us for celebration and special programs leading up to the New Burke Grand Opening. 

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First Night First Light + GLOW

Gala Fundraiser & After Party

The premiere of the new Burke Museum.

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After Party

Light up the night at the New Burke.

About the new building

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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.

Learn More

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.

Donate   Learn More

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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


Thank You

New Burke Grand Opening Sponsors

Puyallup Tribe, Snoqualmie Tribe, Tulalip Tribe, Cowlitz Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe, Suquamish Tribe, Swinomish Tribe, Squaxin Island Tribe

Media Sponsors

The Seattle Times, Cascade Public Media, KUOW, Seattle Met, Lamar Billboards, Northwest Asian Weekly/Seattle Chinese Post, ParentMap

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

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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