A Nexus of Change
The New Burke will transform the northwest corner of UW campus, engaging directly with the community and welcoming visitors from the new U District light rail station, which is expected to serve 18,000—20,000 people per day. As a new tourist attraction, the New Burke will support efforts to revitalize the University District.
Designed by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig, the New Burke combines dramatic views of objects with Northwest features like sustainable wood siding, a native plant garden, and a shed-style roof inspired by traditional Coast Salish dwellings.
The New Burke will transform the northwest corner of UW campus, engaging directly with the community and welcoming visitors from the new U District light rail station.
4300 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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Room for Growth
The new, 113,000 sq. ft. building is 66% larger than the former facility. Collections storage areas are climate-controlled and allow room for decompression and growth. Nearly 60% of the museum is accessible or visible to visitors (compared to just over 30% in the former facility).
Next Level Education
Visible, state-of-the-art labs and an artists’ workshop will serve more students and researchers, and more education space will allow the Burke to potentially double the number of Pre-K–12 students served each year.
The New Burke is a true partnership. The project is funded through investments from the State of Washington, the University of Washington, King County, the City of Seattle, private donors and foundations.
Gifts from the community are the heart of the New Burke project—more than one third of the new museum is funded by individuals like you.