Culture Corner, A Guide to the Museums of Tacoma

Museum of the Week:

Slater Museum of Natural History

University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St. #1088


http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/

This week’s events:

Insects & Insectivores Night at the Museum

April 9, 6-7:30 p.m., 295 Thompson Hall

This is part of a free, family-friendly, community event series. The museum will have its collection of over 4,000 pinned insects on display, along with the plants they pollinate and the organisms that eat them. You can expect to see bugs, bats, birds, moles, hedgehogs, and even some carnivorous plants. Come learn about the role insects play in ecosystems while getting up-close and personal with real museum artifacts. 

Special Guest: Renowned naturalist Dennis Paulson will be present to discuss his life-long work with dragonflies around the world, and his many publications on the subject.

Kid's Activity: Come build a bug out of re-useable materials with the EnviroChallengers and learn the anatomy of an insect.

Live Animals: You can expect to see live animals and plants including Venus flytraps, tarantulas, and aquatic nymphs.

Museum Features:

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, University of Puget Sound. Students will gain an appreciation for and familiarity with the natural world as they practice observation skills and study structure, function, adaptations and interactions among species. The lessons were designed in consultation with the Tacoma School District to ensure they meet 4th and 5th grade science standards.

Nights at the Museum

The Nights at the Museum series is 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! 

These events regularly draw over 200 people from the Tacoma area and campus community. Nights at the Museum are free, family-friendly, drop-in events. Get the details on the latest Night at the Museum event at: http://www.facebook.com/slatermuseum

Visit the Slater Museum, ‘Where dead things come alive!’

The Slater Museum of Natural History is home to more than 80,000 specimens spanning the last century and a half from around the world. In just a short visit, you can meet a polar bear up close, touch the most common owl in Washington State, or hold the "original" Cascade Frog. Visits are free of charge and family friendly. Stop in during the weekly -pen Hours, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., to explore the collection with one of the student docents. Take a tour of the museum or just pop in for a few minutes. If you are coming with a group of more than 10, contact the museum before you arrive. Email Mary or Sal at slatermuseum@pugetsound.edu.

Tacoma Museums:

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum

Point Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.

Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: http://FortNisqually.org

Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Ave.

Wed.–Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org

Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St.

Wed.-Sat.,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun.,
noon to 5 p.m.

Info: http://museumofglass.org

Slater Museum of Natural History (currently under renovation)

University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St. #1088


http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/

Collins Memorial Library

University of Puget Sound

1500 N. Warner St

http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/collins-memorial-library/

Scandinavian Cultural Center

Pacific Lutheran University

Hours: Sun. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tue. and Wed. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Info: http://www.plu.edu/scancenter/

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum

407 S. G St.

Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Info: http://www.rain.org/~karpeles/taqfrm.html

Foss Waterway Seaport

705 Dock St.

(Closed until Spring 2014)

Info: http://www.fosswaterwayseaport.org/

Buffalo Soldier Museum

1940 S. Wilkeson St.

Wed. and Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Info: http://www.buffalosoldierstacoma.org

LeMay America’s Car Museum

2702 E. D St., Tacoma, WA 98421

Mon.-Sun., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Info: http://www.lemaymuseum.org/

Museum of Glass

1801 Dock St.

Wed.-Sat.,10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sun.,
noon to 5 p.m.

Info: http://museumofglass.org

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