Slater Museum of Natural History

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.

Numerous clips spliced together from 19 Oct 2014, 11:30-13:30.  The name wheatear comes from white + arse (British Dictionary Definitions).  There is a slow motion clip at 1:35 showing the white rump and tail base.

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! 

Museum Events

Nights at the Museum

"Nights at the Museum" run September-December and February-May. 

Our free, family-friendly Nights at the Museum are designed to give visitors an insider 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 artifacts. 

Museum Lessons

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.

Tours at Slater

Visit the Slater Museum

Arrange for a private tour of the Slater Collections with your budding naturalist or your birding group! 

Contact our education and outreach staff today!

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.

Blogging From the Museum

Self-directed Museum Studies

Explorations and Reflections by Kelsey Crutchfield-Peters who worked in the museum as an undergraduate student.  For continuing and prospective students who are interested, opportunities abound in research, museum techniques, and outreach at the Slater.