Street Address
17th Ave. NE and NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA 98195
Mailing Address
Box 353010
Seattle, WA 98195
phone: 206-543-5590
On the first Thursday of each month, the museum stays open until 8 pm—and admission is free.
Daily10 AM - 5 PM
Closed: Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year's Day (Jan. 1), July 4th, Thanksgiving Day.
$9.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6 ages 5-18, free ages 4 and under
Roxana Augusztiny, Acting Director
phone: 206-543-7907
Julia Swan, PR Coordinator


The Burke Museum creates a better understanding of the world and our place in it. The museum is responsible for Washington State collections of natural history and cultural heritage, and for sharing the knowledge that makes them meaningful. The Burke welcomes a broad and diverse audience and provides a community gathering place that nurtures life-long learning and encourages respect, responsibility, and reflection.

Be sure to schedule time to visit The Burke Museum Café, renowned for its 18th-century French pine paneling and warm atmosphere, makes a perfect place to relax, study, or socialize. The Café features an assortment of pastries, sandwiches, and salads, as well as a multitude of juices, teas, coffee, and espresso drinks.

Enjoy an evening in the museum galleries. Located on the beautiful University of Washington campus, the museum can accommodate your reception, fundraiser, holiday party, or special event.

Fantastic website for kids:
For adults: Burke Kids is a safe, fun, educational Web experience with games and activities specifically designed for children ages 6-12. Burke Kids helps kids to learn about biology, geology, anthropology, and more, while having fun, too! Burke Kids requires Flash Player 8 or later. You can get the latest Flash Player here. This site is designed to be viewed on a resolution of 1024 X 768 or greater. A high-speed Internet connection is recommended. Burke Kids will launch in a new window which may be blocked by pop-up blockers.


In 1885, Washington was not yet a state, and Seattle—though full of ambitions—was not the region's largest city. Among its ambitious residents was a group of enthusiastic amateur naturalists, whose collections were outgrowing their club headquarters in the Denny family home.

That year, the "Young Naturalists Society" (YNS) decided it was time to build its own museum. They raised funds by selling shares ($25 each) and signed an agreement to locate the building at the territorial university (now the UW).

Since then, 1885 has been recognized as the museum's founding date, and the Burke is planning a year-long celebration of its 125th birthday in 2010.


Wheelchair Accessible