Elevate your event
Host your unique gathering at the Burke Museum and
give your guests an experience they'll never forget!
From networking events and panel discussions to cocktail receptions and dance parties,
we can help you create a custom experience for your celebration.
Featured Event Spaces
The Burke's dazzling event spaces feature soaring skeletons, Tiffany windows, and iconic artwork. Three floors of galleries engage guests with visible collections and workrooms and one-of-a-kind objects. Read on to learn about our spaces and catering options, then contact us to get the planning started!
Special Exhibits Gallery
Give your guests the full Burke experience! Add on your favorite gallery for guests to visit during cocktail hour, or reserve the entire museum for three floors of fun and an unforgettable evening.
Eat & Drink
We're proud to partner with these prestigious caterers.
Please feel free to reach out to them directly for menus and offerings.
FAQs | Private Events During COVID and Beyond
What is your refund policy for coronavirus related rescheduling or cancellations?
All events canceled due to Coronavirus-related closure can be rescheduled with your original deposit carried forward to the new date, or we can issue you a refund with no cancellation fee if you need to cancel.
Can I still book a private event?
Yes! We are continuing to take reservations and would love to hear from you. Please fill out this form to tell us more about what you're planning.
We will resume in person venue tours upon reopening the museum to the public, but our Private Events team is always happy to schedule a virtual tour to keep the planning process moving for those who may not feel comfortable visiting just yet.
Are you hosting private events right now?
We will be following both the state and the University of Washington's policies regarding gathering restrictions—please reach out to our team at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, or to check whether we are hosting private events at this time.
How is COVID-19 impacting private events at the Burke?
Our team is committed to creating a fun and safe experience for guests and staff during private events, and is working closely with the University of Washington and our catering partners to reimagine the event experience.
We are following Washington state guidelines for small gatherings and food service, and will be implementing several changes including new room configurations and capacity limitations, ample hand sanitizer dispensers, touch free food and beverage stations, socially distanced seating, and more.
What is the Burke doing to ensure a safe experience for visitors upon reopening?
The safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers is our top priority.
Please view our Welcome Back Guidelines to learn more about what precautions we are taking, and what you can expect when you visit the museum.
I still have a question about private events. Who can I contact?
Your event supports the Burke
Revenue from private events supports ongoing programming and exhibits, and helps the Burke protect the collections and information we hold for future generations—thank you!