Museums

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: 206 543 5590

Directions

From I-5, exit east onto NE 45th Street. Travel east on NE 45th Street to 17th Avenue NE. Turn right onto 17th. The museum will be immediately on your right.

From Highway 520, exit north onto Montlake Boulevard NE. Turn left onto NE Pacific Street. Turn right and head north on 15th Avenue NE. Turn right and head east on NE 45th St. Take your next right on 17th Avenue NE. The museum will be immediately on your right.

Where are we going today?

From the forces that shaped our landscapes long ago to the fascinating wildlife we find today, Burke exhibits highlight the stories of our State. Learn about the cultures that call Washington home. Explore Northwest nature and science. The Burke Museum is dedicated to providing a better understanding of the world and our place in it. Home to world-class collections and research in paleontology, biology, archaeology, and ethnic art, the Burke is THE place to learn about our natural and cultural heritage.

The Burke Museum is open until 8 pm and is free to the public on the first Thursday of every month.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$7.50
  • Free Under: 4 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

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. .

I'm Hungry!

The Burke Museum Cafe, renowned for its 18th-century French pine paneling and warm atmosphere, makes a perfect place to relax, study, or socialize. The Cafe features an assortment of pastries, sandwiches, and salads, as well as a multitude of juices, teas, coffee, and espresso drinks. Burke members receive a 10% discount at the Cafe. For current Cafe hours, visit www.burkemuseum.org.

Any Top Tips?

Look for the Burke Family Day events. These special days feature kid-friendly activities and access to collections that are normally kept behind-the-scenes. .

Need a little extra help?

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206-543-6450/V, 206-543-6452/TTY, 206-685-7264/FAX, or [email protected]

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. Burke Members receive a 10% discount at the gift shop..

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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