Nights at the Museum

The Slater Museum of Natural History is dedicated to sharing its collections with the Puget Sound and Tacoma-area communities.  

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

Our Nights at the Museum are designed to give visitors an insider look at the research and teaching specimens that make up the Slater. Each Night at the Museum features a subset of the collection, including touchable artifacts. That's right, even YOU can touch a Sumatran Tiger skull or hold a Golden Eagle! 

Our events regularly draw over 200 people from the Tacoma area and campus community. We love to see students who were visited by our Nature in the Classroom program come to our events! 

Thanks to a fruitful partnership, we regularly have special guest live animals from the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. 

        Spring 2014 Series of Nights at the Museum:

        March 5, 6:00 - 7:30pm  -  Cats & Dogs

        April 9, 6:00 - 7:30pm  -  Insects & Insectivores (event description) 

        May 21, 6:00 - 7:30pm  -  Reptiles & Amphibians (event description)

       Special Event: 

       March 26, 6:00 - 7:30pm - Adventure and Wildlife on the Pacific Crest Trail- In Conjunction with

                  Pierce County Reads

Nights at the Museum are free, family-friendly, drop-in events. Get the details on our latest Night at the Museum event on our Facebook page:

Find us on the University of Puget Sound Campus at 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 99416 in Thompson Hall room 295. You can find a map to Thompson Hall here.