The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture makes its home on the University of Washington campus at NE 45 St & 17th Ave NE Seattle, Washington. The museum is the caretaker of 16 million objects. Burke's exhibits cover a wide range of subjects that include the first dinosaurs that were in Washington to the plants that were important to the Pacific Northwest Native Americans.
Besides all of their collections and current exhibits, the museum holds special events throughout the year. The museum's cafe provides a chance to sit and relax and grab a snack before continuing to tour the rest of the museum. Make sure to stop at the gift shop for a book of interest or a souvenir to take home.
The museum was founded in 1885 and is the oldest museum in Washington State. The museum sits on ancient indigenous land and they are very serious in preserving, learning, and educating about the Indigenous people. The museum was named after Judge Thomas Burke in 1962. Judge Burke and his wife were early collectors of Northwest Native art and pieces of their collection are located in the museum.
There are many things to do without leaving the University of Washington including visiting the Henry Art Gallery and touring the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expositions and the Suzzallo Library. This makes it easy to spend the day at the museum. Other points of interest in the area include Washington Park Arboretum, Green Lake Park, and the Woodland Park Zoo.