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 does not have educational or interpretive displays as of Dec 2013, but displays are in the final design stage with construction to commence during 2014.  To schedule a visit, call or email.


Barrow's Goldeneyes at a small pond in Ferry Co., WA 16 June 2014.

Featured Creature

The Spotted Bat

This Spotted Bat was the first whole specimen of this species to be added to a Washington museum collection. It was found trapped in a Tacoma high school and died, despite attempts to feed and revive it. The specimen was prepared by Gary Shugart and added to the Slater collections in 2013 and tissue was sent to the Burke Museum collection. 

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 is working in the museum this semester.  For continuing and prospective students who are interested, opportunities abound in research, museum techniques and outreach at the Slater.   

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.