Burke Museum

 Burke Museum

Welcome to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, or as it may also be known, the Washington State Museum!

This iconic museum establishment has a long-standing history here in Seattle, first founded in 1899, tracing its origins back even further to a local high school naturalist club formed in 1879. For 120 years this museum has been setting the standard for research and educational programs in the pacific northwest, as well as across the globe. In fact, out of the 16 million items here at the museum, 19,650 specimens and objects have been loaned to global researchers, and the researchers at Burke have themselves discovered 11 new species! That's quite impressive!

While here your group will be able to explore various subjects relating to culture, biology, and geology and paleontology. Explore culture further in the Bill Holm Center, which studies Northwest native art. Then head to the biology department and explore such subjects as arachnology, malacology, and ornithology. Be sure to also see the micropaleontology and paleobotany sections before you go! There are special education programs for school groups that can be set up, as well.

Education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. Using authentic materials and specimens, programs focus on using all of our senses to foster curiosity and create wonder.

There is so much to see and learn here at the Burke, be sure to save plenty of time for this attraction!


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