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 Museum of Natural History. 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. 

Upcoming events:

You're invited to Back to School Night at the Museum on Thursday September 29th, 6-7:30 pm!

Past events:

Spring 2016 Series of Nights at the Museum: 

April 28, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Wing into Spring Night at the Museum

March 31, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Insect Night at the Museum

February 10, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Second Annual Darwin's Birthday Bash

Fall 2015 Series of Nights at the Museum: 

December 3, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Wild about Winter Night at the Museum

October 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Things that go Bump in the Night: Nocturnal Night at the Museum

October 1, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Wildlife of Washington: A Local Night at the Museum 

Spring 2015 Series of Nights at the Museum:

        April 23, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Celebrating Earth Day! - A 'Groundbreaking' Night at the Museum 

        March 26, 6 - 7:30 p.m.  -  Sounds of Spring: Songbird Night at the Museum 

        February 11, 6 - 8 p.m.  -  Darwin's Birthday Bash! - Evolution Night at the Museum 

        Fall 2014 Series of Nights at the Museum:      

        December 4, 6 - 7:30 p.m.  -  Duck, Duck, Goose: Waterfowl Night at the Museum

        October 29, 6 - 7:30 p.m.  -  Skulls & Skeletons Night at the Museum     

Spring 2014 Series of Nights at the Museum:

May 21, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Reptiles & Amphibians Night at the Museum

April 9, 6 - 7:30 p.m. - Insects & Insectivores Night at the Museum



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.