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.

The New Burke is now open! Throughout Grand Opening Weekend, we'll have a free outdoor festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks. Tickets to the new Burke Museum are being sold at the door. 

It is also the grand opening of the new Off the Rez Café! Enjoy tasty fry bread and other Native foods in Off the Rez’s first brick-and-mortar location. Their food truck, rated one of the Top 25 Food Trucks in America by Food Network, will also be here all of opening weekend.  

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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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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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a man and woman look closely at bird specimens in the collection

Members Experience More

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

For Media Inquiries

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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