Metro Parks Tacoma

Exotics & Exhibits

This historic glass conservatory, with its distinctive twelve-sided central dome, is listed on the City of Tacoma, Washington State and National historic registers.  3,000 panes of glass make up the dome and wings of the Conservatory. 

SPECIAL EXHIBIT
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DIG IT: A PREHISTORIC PLANT EXHIBIT
June 17-August 11, 2019
During the exhibit you can also enjoy some self-led activities including a photo booth, prehistoric plant scavenger hunt and mini dino scavenger hunt.

DIG FUN FRIDAYS!
June 21, July 5, 19, 27, August 2

10 am-1 pm / $3 suggested donation
Drop in dino activities.

LECTURE ON THE LAWN WITH THE SLATER MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: Leaves of Change
June 27

6-7 pm / $3 suggested donation
10 am-1 pm / $3 suggested donation
Reading the Fossil Record the Earth has been around for a very ling time, and it has undergone quite a bit of change since its formation. Fossils offer insight into what many past organisms looked like and how they lived. By examining fossilized plants, we can learn more about the conditions that those life forms were living in. In this lesson in paleobotany, visitors will go back in time 110 million years and see how the climate of Washington State has changed since the Cretaceous Period!
Join conservatory staff after the lecture for a fossil fun hands on activity.

VISIT WITH THE BURKE MUSEUM
July 20, 2019

10 am-1 pm / $3 suggested donation
Get up close and personal with specimens, objects and artifacts that represent different areas of the Burke Museum's collections. Interpreted by Burke educators, these interactive exhibits encourage object-based, hands-on learning.

Vivid grand floral display at the Conservatory
  • Crave: An Early Glimpse of Spring - February 12-April 7, 2019
  • Vivid: A Burst of Summer Color - May 7-June 16, 2019
  • Crisp: An Ode to Autumn - October 22 - November 24, 2019
  • Lavish: A Festive Victorian Holiday - December 2019-January 2020 dates TBA
  PERMANENT BOTANICAL COLLECTION
Orchid in Seymour Conservatory
WRIGHT PARK ARBORETUM
People Walking Under Colorful Fall Foliage in Wright Park
  • 27-acre site includes a rich collection of native and exotic trees, many of which are over 100 years old.
  • The original plantings included trees from all over North America and Europe. Later plantings added trees from Asia and South America. 
  • Currently, there are over 600 trees in Wright Park.
  • Champion Tree Tour Booklet