Private Events

Photo: Timothy Kenney/Burke Museum
Photo: Timothy Kenney/Burke Museum

Updated March 24, 2020

Temporary Closure Notice

Based on recommendations from the State of Washington and King County health officials, the Burke Museum is closed until it is safe to reopen. We are also postponing all programs and private events at this time. 

As a public gathering space, this is a preventative action to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus and ensure the safety of our community, visitors, staff and volunteers.

To reschedule a private event, please contact useburke@uw.edu.

We will post any updates to our Visit page.

Temporary Closure FAQs | Private Events

We are happy to help reschedule your event for a later date. Your deposit from the original event date will carry forward to your updated event. Our Private Events team is available to assist you at useburke@uw.edu

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.

Yes! We are happy to help you book your private event for when the museum reopens. Please fill out this form to tell us more about what you're planning.

The museum is closed to private event tours until we are able to reopen to the public. Our Private Events team is available to assist you at useburke@uw.edu and can send photos of event spaces and galleries, and share private event packages over email so you can plan for your upcoming event. 

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.

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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!

Perfect for small, mingle-friendly cocktail parties and networking events, the soaring Grand Atrium is filled with icons of Washington's natural and cultural heritage that are sure to dazzle your guests. 

A classroom opens up into the space as well—a great place for a buffet or extra seating.

Notable features:
Guests can sit at the feet of a mastodon, admire a monumental piece of contemporary Native art, and pass beneath a beaked whale diving from the ceiling.

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Location

Floor 0 | Lower lobby

Availability

Evenings

Capacity

Grand Atrium: 80 standing only

When connected with adjacent classroom: 100 (seating options available)

This beautiful and versatile space can accommodate a wide variety of events, from plated dinners to lectures. The Cascade Room features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the terraced camas fields and University of Washington campus, an illuminated Tiffany window, and 18th century French wood paneling.

After hours, the Cascade Room can be connected with the adjacent lobby to create a large, airy gathering space.

Notable features:
This room is also equipped with built-in A/V, including two large projectors and screens.Guests can enjoy exquisitely carved Boiserie French paneling from 1720 and a 16-foot-tall, recently-restored grand Louis Comfort Tiffany window called “Peacock with Hollyhocks and Morning Glories.”

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Location

Floor 1 | Main level

Availability

Daytime or evenings

Capacity

Cascade Room: 80

When connected with adjacent lobby: 150 seated, 200 standing

This rotating gallery is a multi-functional space perfect for large dinners, lectures, dance parties, and banquets. Featuring a striking ocean-themed art installation, it sets the stage for an unforgettable experience.

Notable features:
Guests can enjoy the current Tidal Breaks exhibit, where environmental artwork, ambient light, and sound coalesce to create an atmosphere reminiscent of an underwater lounge. Tidal Breaks will be open in the Special Exhibits Gallery through fall 2020.

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Location

Floor 2

Availability

Daytime or evenings

Capacity

200 seated, 250 standing

Gallery access

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.

Photo: Pavel Verbovski
Photo: Pavel Verbovski

Eat & Drink

We're proud to partner with these prestigious caterers—please feel free to reach out to them directly for menus and offerings

Preferred Catererers

Ready to plan your event?

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useburke@uw.edu

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Dino Birthday Parties

Make your child's birthday dino-mite! Enjoy all of the Burke Museum galleries with a party your birthday kid and guests will remember for years to come.

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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!

Photo: Pavel Verbovski
Photo: Pavel Verbovski