Birthday Parties

Host your child's birthday party at the Yale Peabody Museum for a unique and memorable experience!

"Great party yesterday! My son had a wonderful time. I received great feedback from parents and one child even said it was the best b-day he had ever been to....!!"

"The party was wonderful. I cannot say enough great things about the instructors who took care of the kids and made my job a lot easier. All 18 children, including the birthday girl, had a fantastic time."

Parties at the Yale Peabody Museum are a great way to celebrate your child’s birthday while providing a memorable experience for adults and children alike. Each party is individual, based on the interests of the birthday boy or girl, be it dinosaurs, rocks and minerals, or animals. Through a combination of activities in a private party room and out in our exciting exhibit halls, children will have a great celebration while learning about natural history! And, of course, there’s time before or after the party for guests to enjoy the whole museum.


Price: $275 members and Yale staff / $300 non-members


"The Yale students did an absolutely amazing job on Sunday. The parents were very impressed, and the invitees had a blast. My son was thrilled and so were we!"

"I was so pleased to see the kids doing smart inspiring things for a birthday party!"


All Parties Include:

  • Exclusive use of a private room for one and a half hours, plus 20 minutes on each end for set up and staff assisted clean up.
  • Paper plates, cups, napkins, forks, and table coverings
  • Free all day admission for 15 children (additional children, up to 25, may be added for $10 per additional child)
  • Shark teeth, excavated from a sand dig
  • Exploration of one of our Peabody hands-on natural history carts
  • Guided, age appropriate activity in one of our exhibit halls - Dinosaurs, Rocks and Minerals, Connecticut or North American Dioramas.
  • Plenty of time for refreshments
  • Electronic invitations with parking instructions

Deluxe parties provide everything above, with the following add-on options:

  • Crack a geode! A geode is a geological rock formation that contains a cavity lined with crystals. Each child will have a turn breaking open their own geode with our special geode cracker. $2.00 per child, recommended age 7 and up.
  • Puzzle hunt! Children will search for hidden pieces to a dinosaur puzzle, and when it is all put together, flip it over to see the location of a treasure box with a dinosaur prize for every child! The birthday child gets to keep the puzzle as well. $2.00 per child.
  • Extra special goody bags! Each bag contains a wonderful assortment of items from our Museum Store, as well as a return pass for each child. $5.00 per child.

Parties are held on Saturdays at 10:30, 12:45, and 3:00, and on Sundays at 12:45 and 3:00, for children 4 and above, between the months of September and June. During July and August, we are not able to schedule parties due to space limitations.

Please be aware that we have a limited number of available party slots that are often completely filled one to two months in advance – book your party early!

To book your party, call the Education Department at (203) 432-3775 or e-mail a request to: A credit card and non-refundable $50 deposit are required to hold your spot. The balance is due the Wednesday before the party date.

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