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: Winter 2015

From our second annual Haunted Hall Crawl & Costume Ball to Revealed! Secrets of a Samurai Box, last fall at the Peabody saw many memorable moments. Always a community favorite, the 13th annual ¡Fiesta Latina! event welcomed more than 2,700 visitors, and the 18th annual Paleo-Knowledge Bowl was another great success. Thank you to all who joined us.


Looking forward, 2016 marks a true milestone for us: the 150th anniversary of the Peabody Museum. To celebrate this truly special occasion, we are excited to offer a unique suite of programs throughout the year.


Opening April 2, the exhibition Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration & Discovery will include objects from all ten of the Museum’s scientific divisions. Supporting the exhibition will be gallery talks, family days, special behind-the-scenes tours, and much, much more.


Together, these programs will showcase the critical role that the Peabody has had in shaping science in America, and it will highlight the tremendous impact that Museum researchers have had—and continue to have—in shaping our views on humanity and the natural world.


There is much to celebrate this coming year, and we hope that you join us in recognizing the legacy—and future—of Yale’s Peabody Museum.




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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