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 present at our events! 

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

Upcoming events:

  • October 3rd - Changing Seasons
    • Fall is a wondrous time of year and we notice its arrival in many different ways! You might wonder why some trees drop their leaves, when to expect migrating birds, or how animals and plants prepare for the winter. Join us as we explore these questions and more in our celebration of the changing season!
  • October 30th - Decomposition and Decay
  • November 21st - Nature's relationships: Symbiosis, parasitism & cultural connections

Event details will be updated on an individual basis- always check back for more info!

For a better idea of what our events are like, check out our past Nights at the Museum.

The Slater Museum can be found on the University of Puget Sound Campus at 1500 N Warner St, Tacoma, WA 99416 in Thompson Hall room 295. Directions to Thompson Hall can be found here.