2023 Burke Museum Annual Report

Photo: Timothy Kenney/Burke Museum
Photo: Timothy Kenney/Burke Museum
November 8, 2023 | Gabriela Chavarria

The Burke is a place of belonging.

Working here, surrounded by collections that represent the natural and cultural history — and present day — of Washington state and its diverse residents, I can’t help but feel connected to the people, the land, and the knowledge that make the Burke strong and enhance the museum experience.

This sense of connection is what it means to be part of a community, and community — in tandem with collections — is the powerful engine at the heart of the Burke Museum. In workrooms and classrooms, scientists, knowledge keepers, and students of all ages share their wisdom and approaches to understanding the past and preparing for the future. In offices, over coffee, and on video, Burke staff and volunteers collaborate to care for the museum and meet its mission. In galleries and exhibit spaces, curated collections of objects and a variety of narratives encourage guests to consider their relationship to and place in the world.

Inside this annual report you’ll find stories about the myriad ways in which the Burke has supported — and been supported by — visitors, members, donors, partners, and friends this year. We are deeply appreciative of each of these contributions and so very glad to be in community with you.

Gabriela Chavarria
Executive Director

2023 Annual Report (PDF)