During Grand Opening Weekend, the new Burke Yard outdoor space will be transformed into a festival with multicultural music and dance performances, family-friendly activities, and food trucks.
Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Burke Museum with these special events.
Saturday, October 5, 9 PM – Midnight
Light up the night at the New Burke!
- Museum preview
- Red carpet photos
- Dancing, drinks & late-night bites
Your ticket supports the Burke.
Must be 21 or older with valid ID. Dress to impress!
Friday, October 11, 8:30–10 AM
Celebrate the ceremonial opening of the New Burke. The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is free and open to the public, and will take place outside the museum in the new Burke Yard.
Friday, October 11, 11 AM – 8 PM
The Burke is staying open late so members have plenty of time to see the whole museum. Join us as we celebrate YOU—the members and supporters who built this new museum.
Collect your special edition New Burke member button when you arrive, then take a break from the crowds to watch the performances from the Member Lounge.
A Burke membership pays for itself in 3 visits to the museum. Not a member? Join today!
Saturday, October 12, 10 AM – 5 PM
Celebrate the New Burke Grand Opening with singers, dancers, poets and DJs, and be among the first to see the six new galleries, 12 visible labs and workrooms, and artists’ workshop in the New Burke!
Sunday, October 13, 10 AM – 5 PM
Kids are VIPs at the New Burke on Kids' Day! Special programs for little ones include touch tables, take-home crafts, story time, Baby Shark dance parties, and more.
Grand Opening: Indigenous Peoples' Day
Monday, October 14, 10 AM – 5 PM
Monday, October 14, is Indigenous Peoples' Day in the City of Seattle and at the Burke Museum! There will be Indigenous performances, including UW groups, and opportunities to engage in conversation about the Burke's collections throughout the day.
Plan a visit to the New Burke and experience the life before you.