Many students, teachers, scientists, and researchers have come to rely on Slater Museum as a resource for research on the biodiversity of the Puget Sound region and as a source of material for the study of geographic variation. The museum’s collections continue to grow. Currently Slater Museum has the largest collections of herps and bird eggs in the Northwest, one of the largest collections of mammals in the region, and the second largest bird wing collection in the world.

Slater Museum specimens are regularly cited in scholarly papers and articles by researchers around the world. Closer to home the museum’s collections are viewed by students in numerous biology classes and for independent study, and local schoolchildren learn basic field research skills through hands-on demonstrations and experiments.

If you would like to request a specimen for your research, or to learn more about conducting research at Slater Museum, please call 253.879.3356 or send an email message to