Directions & Parking

Photo: Burke Museum
Photo: Burke Museum

We look forward to welcoming you to the Burke Museum!

The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is located on the Northwest corner of the University of Washington (UW) campus in Seattle. 

We've included some helpful tips for parking on and nearby UW campus in the sections below.

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Burke Museum
4300 15th Ave NE
Seattle, WA, 98105

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By Car

From I-5, exit east onto NE 45th St. Travel east to 15th Ave NE. The museum is on the Northwest corner of UW campus between 15th Ave NE and Memorial Way NE.

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By Bus

Many buses serve the University District and can drop you within a block or two of the museum entrance. For timetables, routes and help, consult King County Metro’s trip planner tool.

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By Bike

Plan the safest route by with the City of Seattle's Interactive Bicycle Map. The museum is just a half-mile north of the Burke Gilman Trail, and there are bike racks near the front entrance of the museum.

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By Train

The University of Washington light rail station is located next to Husky Stadium. For schedules, visit the Sound Transit Link light rail website. The Burke Museum is a 20-minute walk through campus or a short bus ride on route 43 or 44.

Visitor Parking on UW Campus

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The closest visitor parking is the N1 lot located next to the Burke Museum. Visitors can drive straight to the lot from Memorial Way NE and pay by machine with a credit card or use the pay by phone app.

Parking in another lot on campus? Stop by the north University of Washington (UW) parking gatehouse near the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE/Memorial Way NE to ask what parking is available near the Burke. Other than N1, the next closest visitor lots on campus are C1-C6 Central Plaza Garage (entrance at 15th Ave NE and NE 41st St) and N20-N21 Padelford Garage.

UW Parking Rates:

  • Weekdays 6 am – 4 pm , $4/hr or $17 all-day; $6 flat fee after 4 pm
  • $6 flat fee on Saturdays until 12 pm, except C1-C6 Central Plaza Garage, where the flat fee is $12 
  • FREE after 12 pm on Saturdays and all day Sundays

Visit the UW parking website

Other Nearby Parking

There are several public pay-to-park lots within a few blocks of the Burke. City of Seattle street parking available near the Burke with parking limits between two and four hours. The closest street parking is found along 15th Ave NE, 16th Ave NE and 17th Ave NE. 

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available in all UW parking lots. The closest accessible spaces are in UW lot N1 adjacent to the Burke Museum. Visit the UW Transportation website for more information.

Bus Parking

There are three bus stalls in the N1 parking lot for school groups visiting the Burke Museum. These spaces are managed by Burke Education, please contact Education if you have any questions.

Land Acknowledgement

The Burke Museum stands on the lands of the Coast Salish Peoples, whose ancestors resided here since time immemorial. Many Indigenous peoples thrive in this place—alive and strong.

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