The Burke Museum is Seattle's museum of natural history and culture. It's origins date back to 1885 when a group of teenagers called the Young Naturalists were fascinated with how Seattle was changing before their eyes. The Young Naturalists sought designation as a State Museum. Today the Burke Museum holds over 16 million objects and artifacts.
As stated in its mission, "The Burke Museum cares for and shares natural and cultural collections so all people can learn, be inspired, generate knowledge, feel joy, and heal."
Opening in October 2019, the New Burke will allow visitors to look into working labs so they can see museum curators and anthropologists at work. Galleries will be side-by-side with visible collections and hands-on learning spaces for students and families.