Welcome Back Guidelines

Illustration: Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S'Klallam)
Illustration: Jeffrey Veregge (Port Gamble S'Klallam)

What to expect during your visit

Proof of vaccination is required for admission for visitors over the age of 12 years old

Please scroll down to the bottom of this page for answers to frequently asked questions.

Masks are required for all

All staff and visitors (except children under the age of 5) are required to wear a mask in all public spaces and galleries for the entirety of their visit, regardless of vaccination status or if they are the only person/pod in a gallery. Children ages 3–4 are encouraged to wear masks, although not required. 

For those who cannot wear a mask due to medical reasons, please contact burkevis@uw.edu or 206.616.8616 for accommodation information. 

Timed-entry tickets

Pre-purchased, online tickets are encouraged. A limited number of walk-up tickets are available on a first come, first-served basis as space allows. Book your ticket in advance to visit at your ideal time and skip the line on busy days like weekends and Free First Thursdays! You can arrive at any time during the hour of your reserved time slot.

Reserve your ticket online today or call 206.543.7907.  

Physical distancing 

We encourage you to maintain physical distancing when possible throughout the building. Some exhibits/spaces may have capacity limits to keep our visitors safe and comfortable.  

Cleaning protocols

Additional cleaning is in place throughout the day with an emphasis on high-traffic areas like restrooms, railings, door handles, and elevators.

Hand sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is available at the admission desk, lower lobby, and other areas throughout the building.

Food & drink

Food and drinks can be consumed in the Cascade Room off the main lobby. Masks must be worn unless sitting in a designated area while eating. We highly encourage you to take food outside onto the lovely terraced steps of the Burke Yard for an even more enjoyable experience. 

Off the Rez Café

The café is open with eat-in and to-go options. Limited seating is available inside and on the outdoor patio. Vaccination verification is required for everyone over 12 years old visiting the café. Masks are required at all times except when eating. Off the Rez is performing additional cleaning and complying with all state guidelines issued for restaurants. Café hours are Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM – 5 PM. 

Parking

Paid parking is available through the University of Washington, with an option for touchless payment by phone. Learn more.

Youth Programs

Youth Programs at the Burke are required to follow health & safety guidelines determined by the UW Office of the Youth Protection Coordinator. These include 3 foot distancing, sanitizing hands before and after handling materials, staying with their chaperone/family group, and a maximum class size of 30 students per floor (maximum total group size of 90). Please follow the specific guidelines for your program.

Private Events

We’d love to host your next gathering! Please visit our Private Events page for more information. 

COVID Vaccination Verification FAQ

This requirement will help to protect customers and workers, protect our health care system and prevent business closures as the Delta variant continues to spread in King County. You can read this Public Health Insider blog post for more information, and view the Local Health Order

Requiring people to verify their vaccination status in places where there is higher risk of exposure to COVID-19 will help contain the spread since vaccinated people are at much lower risk of catching and spreading COVID-19. This policy aims to prevent cases and hospitalizations from rising any further and therefore prevent further state restrictions, such as business capacity limits or a return to remote schooling. 

Proof of Vaccination 

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccine record card or photo of vaccine card 

  • Other official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including from your health care provider. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable. 

NOTE: Documentation of medical or religious exemptions not accepted. 

OR

Proof of negative COVID test result

You can show digital or printed documentation of results from one of the following administered within the previous 72 hours: 

  • a negative FDA-approved molecular test (also called a PCR test), or 

  • a negative FDA-approved antigen test (also called a rapid test) 

Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy. Self-administered rapid tests (also called a home test) will not be accepted. 

No, we are not able to verify vaccination status prior to your visit.

No, the requirements do not apply to children under 12 years old.

You can show digital or printed documentation of results from one of the following administered within the previous 72 hours: 

  • a negative FDA-approved molecular test (also called a PCR test)

    OR

  • a negative FDA-approved antigen test (also called a rapid test) 

Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy. Self-administered rapid tests (also called a home test) will not be accepted

All visitors to Off the Rez Café must show :

Proof of Vaccination 

  • CDC COVID-19 vaccine record card or photo of vaccine card 

  • Other official immunization record from within or outside the U.S., including from your health care provider. A photo or photocopy of this card is also acceptable. 

NOTE: Documentation of medical or religious exemptions not accepted. 

OR

Proof of negative COVID test result

You can show digital or printed documentation of results from one of the following administered within the previous 72 hours: 

  • a negative FDA-approved molecular test (also called a PCR test), or 

  • a negative FDA-approved antigen test (also called a rapid test) 

Documentation must be from a testing agent such as a laboratory, health care provider, or pharmacy. Self-administered rapid tests (also called a home test) will not be accepted. 

Yes, all visitors age 12 and older must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test result prior to entering the Burke Museum or Off the Rez Café. 

Visitors ages 11 and under do not need to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test result at this time.

Yes, masks are required for all, regardless of vaccination status.

Yes, all UW employees and students entering the Burke as a visitor still need to show proof of vaccination.

No, we will not have rapid tests available on site. For COVID-19 testing locations and resources, visit kingcounty.gov/covid/sites