Burke Museum


Bringing natural history into the future

A new home for the new Burke

Founded in 1885 and situated on the University of Washington campus the Burke Museum is a place where history, nature, and culture meet.

With a move to a brand new location in a stunning contemporary building, the Burke wanted to change the way people experience a Natural History Museum. Open labs invite visitors to get up close and interact with researchers and artisans, to ask questions and get hands-on, a concept they call an “inside-out” museum experience.

Designing for style and scale

We designed the look & feel of the site to evoke the dramatic design of the new museum space, with angles and layers that progressively reveal imagery and information.

While the primary purpose of the Burke site is to provide information for museum visitors like hours and ticket prices, it is also a destination for a deep body of content and resources for students, educators, academic researchers, and other audiences. These users rely on the depth of information available, and the type of content varies widely. We crafted a flexible modular design system that allows the team at the Burke to easily populate the site with the depth of content to support the curiosity and interests of their diverse users.

The Fell Swoop team is top-notch. Not only are they incredibly talented, but they're also amazing to work with. I couldn't be happier with how our website design turned out.

Cathy Morris Digital Communications Manager