New Burke Museum Opens October 12, 2019

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
July 25, 2019 | Burke PR

The “U” in the sign for the New Burke Museum settled into its home on July 24 and YOU can be a part of the new museum soon! The Burke will open its new building to the public with a Grand Opening Weekend of October 12–14, 2019.

Tickets go on sale on September 3, 2019 on our website.

“We are very excited to open the doors of the new Burke Museum to the public―the creation of this new museum is truly a community effort,” Burke Museum Executive Director Dr. Julie K. Stein said. “We look forward to having a new building that serves as a gathering place for learning, research, and appreciation of cultures and the environment for generations to come.”

Since closing the old museum at the end of 2018, museum staff have been hard at work moving millions of objects, building exhibits and getting the New Burke ready to open.

Off the Rez will Operate the New Burke Museum’s Café

Off the Rez Cafe is the first brick-and-mortar location of Off the Rez, ranked one of the top 26 food trucks in America by Food Network. Enjoy fry bread and other Native foods, and learn more about fry bread’s origin in the galleries. Off the Rez Cafe is independently owned and operated by Mark McConnell (Blackfeet) and Cecilia Rikard.

Their tasty food is set in the Burke’s airy cafe, with a Tom Kundig-designed pivoting window wall that can be opened to create indoor-outdoor dining. The cafe opens October 12, 2019.

“Off the Rez is thrilled to open our first brick-and-mortar location and to be a part of the new Burke Museum,” Rikard said. “At the Cafe, customers can look forward to trying our classic frybread and Indian taco offerings as well as an array of new, creative menu items with a focus on local and Indigenous ingredients. We can’t wait to share our food in this beautiful new space.”

Grand Opening Weekend Events: October 12–14, 2019

Experience six new galleries, see into collections, labs and workrooms for the first time, and meet Burke researchers and volunteers at the grand opening of the new Burke Museum. The new outdoor courtyard will be transformed into a festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks.

Friday, October 11
Member & Donor Preview
Special preview day for Burke members and project supporters. Includes ribbon cutting and speakers. Become a member today and be among the first to see the New Burke!

Saturday, October 12
Opening Day—first day open to the public!

Sunday, October 13
Kids’ Day—with special activities for families!

Monday, October 14
Indigenous Peoples' Day

More information will be available on our website in the upcoming months.

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