Director's Welcome

David K. Skelly
Director, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology, Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies


From the Director: Spring Term 2017

2016 was a remarkable year for the Peabody Museum. We kicked off the anniversary with our exhibition Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration & Discovery. In August we opened PEABODY2 in the Broadway district. During celebrations in October, we opened our spectacular new David Friend Hall. In November we awarded five Addison Emery Verrill Medals to top scientists and natural historians, including Sir David Attenborough. We also took the opportunity during the year to find new ways for visitors to engage with our collections. Collection tours led by Yale students have been heavily subscribed. Gallery talks given by Peabody staff and curators have also been extremely popular. I am pleased to say that these new programs will continue.


Looking ahead, on February 11 we will open Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx. Archaeopteryx has played a key role in understanding bird origins. Featuring work by renowned artists, the exhibition highlights the role of art in the sciences, and the importance of creativity to the scientific process.


There will be much to see and do at the Peabody this year. Please join us!


- David Skelly




The Peabody at Yale

The Peabody Museum of Natural History is an administrative unit of Yale University, reporting through the Provost to the University, President and the Yale Corporation. The Yale Peabody Museum operates under the authority of the Yale Corporation, which appoints the Museum Director on the nomination of the President. The Museum’s Board of Curators is comprised of 19 full-time Yale faculty members, including the Director, who are appointed by the Corporation on nomination by the President. The current governance structure at the Museum integrates the academic expertise of its faculty curators with the professional skills of a full-time staff. The Director, aided by senior administrative staff, bears responsibility for management. In 1995, a formal collaboration was established among the Yale Peabody Museum, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. This environmental partnership recognizes the Peabody Museum as a resource and catalyst for interdisciplinary research on the earth’s history and environment, and seeks to strengthen the intellectual ties between the Museum and other groups with a shared interest in environmental research at Yale. The Museum’s collections are a major component of the research and teaching activities of the Peabody and Yale. The Curators and staff are engaged in contributing new knowledge based on the Museum’s research materials and making this knowledge available to the general public and to specialized audiences. All collections are used in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, as well as in public programs and exhibitions. The Yale Peabody Museum fills many important roles on the Yale University campus, particularly as it has expanded its role in the community and the region, thereby offering a “front door” to the University for the general public.


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