Slater Museum of Natural History

The Slater Museum is one of the Pacific Northwest's significant repositories of biological specimens and is a node in a world wide network of similar repositories.  The specimens and associated data serve as the primary sources of information about both spatial and temporal aspects of biodiversity anywhere in the world. The museum's primary goal is to provide a well-curated archive of animals and plants specimens for research and education.  To accomplish this goal, the museum will continue to enhance its collections, especially of regional animals and plants, and welcomes specimens from all sources. 

A secondary goal of the museum is to demonstrate and educate about the value of natural-history museums.

Virtual Visit to Slater Museum of Natural History Prep Lab

COVID-19 online STEAM Resources

Are you a parent or educator looking for online STEAM materials amidst the COVID-19 outbreak?  The Education and Outreach team at the Slater is currently in process of developing a virtual Nature in the Classroom lesson series that will be available shortly.  Please stay posted on our website, Instagram, and Facebook page for updates and links to online science and art resources as they become available.  Thank you and we wish you and your family continued health.

Nature in the Classroom Online

Our education staff are proud to offer an online interactive Bird Diversity lesson. Click the link above to learn more!

Museum Events

Nights at the Museum

Produced monthly by our amazing Puget Sound student docents, these free, family-friendly events give visitors an inside look at the research and teaching specimens that make up the Slater Museum of Natural History. Each Night at the Museum features a subset of the collection, including touchable specimens. Nights at the Museum run September-December and February-May. 

Student Video

Using Slater Museum Specimens!

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! 

Classroom Outreach

Nature in the Classroom

Nature in the Classroom is a multidisciplinary science-based curriculum for 4th and 5th graders in the Puget Sound region. The curriculum brings the rich diversity of Puget Sound's natural history into the classroom using teaching specimens from the Slater Museum of Natural History at University of Puget Sound.

Blog Post

Northwest Nature Notes

Northwest Nature Notes is the Slater Museum's occasional blog on all aspects of Northwest natural history. Check it out to see the latest blog.

Exhibits at Slater

Exhibits at Slater

The Slater Museum is one of the region's significant repositories for bird, mammal, reptile, amphibian and plant specimens from the Pacific Northwest. Our goals are to preserve and provide a collection of specimens to be used for research and education. For more information about the museum's policies, collections, associated educational resources and staff, see the links at the right or below. 

The museum now has educational or interpretive displays which were installed in August 2014.  To schedule a visit, call or email.