Photo: Andrea Godinez/Burke Museum
Photo: Andrea Godinez/Burke Museum

Donors lift us up!

Every gift powers the Burke's mission to care for and share natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy, and heal

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Your gift to the Annual Fund enables us to bring engaging experiences and educational programs to the community. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. Thank you!


The New Burke

Make your mark! Gifts from the community are the heart of the New Burke project—more than one third of the new museum is being funded by individuals like you.

Photo: Olson Kundig
Photo: Olson Kundig

Support Programs & Research

What do you love about the Burke? You can make a gift that supports your specific area of interest or favorite program.

Bill Holm Center

The Bill Holm Center is a premier center for the study of Native arts of the Pacific Northwest. 


The Culture Department cares for more than one million archaeological and contemporary cultural objects from around the world.

Arachnology & Entomology

The Arachnology & Entomology Collection contains specimens of spiders, insects, and allied invertebrates.

Genetic Resources

The Genetic Resources Collection is a "library" of biodiversity, containing frozen tissues for use in molecular research.


The Herpetology Collection includes amphibians and reptile specimens from around the world.


The Ichthyology Collection includes preserved fish specimens from around the world. 


The Malacology Collection includes a broad diversity of modern molluscs from around the world.


Mammal specimens from all continents except Antarctica with a strong emphasis in the Pacific Northwest.


The Ornithology Collection consists of birds from the Pacific Northwest, North America, and many other parts of the world.

Plants & Fungi (Herbarium)

The Herbarium (WTU) Collection is an international resource for research into Pacific Northwest plants, fungi, lichen and algae. 

Invertebrate & Micropaleontology

The Invertebrate Paleontology and Micropaleontology Collections include more than 2.5 million fossils and microfossils.


Paleobotany Collections include fossil leaves, flowers, seeds and fruits, wood, plant microfossils, and fossil insects.

Vertebrate Paleontology

The Vertebrate Paleontology Collecitons includes fossil mammals, birds, dinosaurs, reptiles, amphibians and fishes.

Education & Public Programs

The Burke Museum provides high quality science and cultural learning experiences to students of all ages in Washington state and innovative special programs for the entire community.

DIG Field School

Help provide a free, immersive, hands-on research experience to K-12 teachers from across Washington and Montana, in turn serving over 1,000 students annually.

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Photo: Nikki Macgregor/Burke Museum
Photo: Nikki Macgregor/Burke Museum

Camas Circle

Join the Camas Circle with a gift of $1,000 or more and support the Burke's mission.

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Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

Madrone Circle

Through a planned gift, you can ensure the Burke’s resources are available to all, for the next 130 years and beyond.

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Photo: Seattle Met
Photo: Seattle Met

Fundraising Events

Community leaders, corporate sponsors and friends of the Burke come together throughout the year to raise funds to support the museum. 


Burke Development Office


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Our Work

At the Burke, we bring together people, objects and the stories that make them meaningful.

Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington
Photo: Mark Stone/University of Washington