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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture Seattle

Where is it at?

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Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street
University of Washington
Seattle
WA
98195
Tel: 206 616 3962

Where are we going today?

Nature is an incredible force, and there is SO much to learn about this natural world that surrounds us. So, when you visit a place like the Burke Museum, you will be able to learn all about the natural history and culture of Washington State - and it's pretty fascinating! 

At the Burke Museum, kids can uncover a world of wonders - such as the forces that shaped the landscapes millions of years ago. They can explore the wildlife that surrounds them, and even learn stories of the state's history.

The museum is dedicated to offering a better understanding of the world, and our place in it, so you can be sure it is a day of discovery and experience for the family!

There are exhibits and collections on so many fascinating topics, from biology, to archaeology, to even ethnic art. Kids can learn about how fossils are made, and explore other cultures through drawings and paintings. 

There are constantly changing exhibits on dinosaurs of Washington State, and the evolution of the wildlife that lives here. You can even learn all about the stories that the wilderness uncovers!

Through photographs, recreations, and actual historical items, the Burke Museum is THE place to learn about the state's natural and cultural heritage. 

The exhibits are changing throughout the year too, so there will always be something for you to head back and explore that's new!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$7.50
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am to 5pm daily.

Closed New Year's Day, Christmas, Fourth of July, and Thanksgiving

Teachers corner

The Burke Museum offers education school tours, Burke Boxes that can be used in the classroom, teacher workshops and a variety of resources! Great learning fun for students.

I'm Hungry!

The Burke Museum Cafe, renowned for its 18th-century French pine paneling is where you can pick up great pastries, an sandwiches, and salads, as well as a multitude of juices, teas, coffee, and espresso drinks. .

Healthy Eating!

There are healthy options at the cafe for you!.

Any Top Tips?

The admission is FREE to everyone on the first Thursday of the month!.

Need a little extra help?

All the facilities are accessible, and there is a wheelchair available for use at the admission desk.

Baby Facilities

A unisex restroom is available upstairs, but there are no diaper changing facilities. If you need assistance while on-site, please check with the admissions staff..

Can I get one of those?

A small gift shop is open during museum hours with gifts, toys, and educational items! Burke Members receive a 10% discount at the gift shop. Great!.

More information

Regular and colored pencils are welcome in the galleries if you want to draw, but no pens or makerts.

What people are saying?

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    Very fun loved the Dinosaurs. 10 dollars a person

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    The Burke is a place I want to love more. It has wonderful touring exhibits, but there are issues in its quest to be user friendly. For example, a whale type specimen is on display, but without a genus species printed or notice of when it will get taxonomic reference. (For those not in biological research, this is fairly unusual.) The research facilities are beyond stellar, and I highly recommend signing up for a behind the scenes tour. It's definitely worth a trip, though, so give it a shot.

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    It's nice having it right here at UW! The exhibits are pretty cool, but you should go for the special exhibits since they are the only thing reallyyy worth it. The cafe downstairs is a nice place to hang out and study; and it is free to go in there!

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    I love The Burke! I just wish it was bigger so we could have more and more!

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    their cafe is awesome, great place to study. Missing power pluggers :-P

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