Private Events

Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
Photo: Rachel Ormiston/Burke Museum
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Photo: Pavel Verbovski
Photo: Pavel Verbovski

Elevate your unique celebration at the Burke

Host your one-of-a-kind gathering at the Burke Museum and give your guests an experience they'll never forget! 

From cocktail receptions to weddings, company milestones to networking events, lectures to dance parties, we can help you create a custom experience for your unique celebration. 

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Featured Event Spaces

The Burke Museum dazzles with a soaring grand atrium, three floors of galleries with visible collections and labs, iconic artwork, intricate artifacts, and massive dinosaurs. Contact us today to plan your one-of-a-kind gathering.

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

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

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Availability

Evenings

Capacity

~100 people

This beautiful and versatile space can accommodate a wide variety of events, from plated dinners to lectures. The Cascade Room is adjacent to the main lobby and features floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the terraced camas fields and University of Washington campus.

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”—visitor favorites from the Burke’s historical collections. 

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Availability

Daytime or evenings

Capacity

~250 people

This multi-functional space features an ocean theme and striking art installation. It's perfect for large dance parties, auctions, and banquets. 

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Availability

Daytime or evenings

Capacity

~300

Take your gathering to the next level

Many private event options include exhibit access for your guests. Take your special gathering to the next level and reserve the entire museum to give your guests the full Burke experience. Lab activation and equipment rental support are available as package add-ons. 

Photo: Pavel Verbovski
Photo: Pavel Verbovski

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