Slater Museum of Natural History

Where dead things come alive!

The Slater Museum of Natural History is one of the Pacific Northwest’s significant natural history collections, with over 100,000 bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian, plant, insect, and geological specimens. Located on the University of Puget Sound campus, the Slater Museum focuses on research & education as well as engaging the community and university students with museum collections.

Nature in the Classroom

Bring the rich biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest into your classroom! Nature in the Classroom is a free multidisciplinary science-based curriculum that allows students to explore the biodiversity of the Puget Sound using real-life museum specimens. 

Docent Program

Are you a University of Puget Sound student? Join our Docent Program and try your hand at everything from cataloging museum specimens to learning taxidermy!

Nights at the Museum

Come spend a night at the museum and see our dead things come alive!  

A Bird in the Hand

Step inside the Slater Museum prep lab and see what birds our Collections Manager, Gary Shugart, has been working on!

Form & Function

Check out this stop-motion video explaining form and function in bird beaks, featuring specimens from the Slater Museum and made by University of Puget Sound students! 

Virtual Collections Tours

Can't visit the museum in-person? Check out our virtual museum tours on YouTube!