The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture

The Burke Museum, on the University of Washington campus, offers its members and visitors opportunities to learn about whales through exhibits, programs, and educational materials for classroom use. Specimens in the research collections include skeletons of both fossil and contemporary whales. The state of Washington is home to a particularly rich variety of fossil cetaceans from the past 50 million years. The Burke Museum’s ethnology collection represents the importance of whales in the art and culture of Indigenous People of North America.

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The Burke Museum is on the University of Washington campus at the corner of 17th Avenue NE and NE 45th Street.


Open daily, 10 am – 5 pm. On the first Thursday of each month, the museum stays open until 8 pm—and admission is free. Closed: Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year's Day (Jan. 1), July 4th, Thanksgiving Day.
The Whale Trail is a nonprofit organization in partnership with
Partners NOAA Seattle Aquarium People for Puget Sound Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife The Whale Museum National Marine Sanctuaries