Birthday Parties

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

We have updated and expanded our party options with four new themes- Museum Explorers, Junior Paleontologist, Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, and Rocks, Minerals, and Geodes.


All Parties Include:

  • Exclusive use of a private room for two hours- one and a half hours for the party, and fifteen minutes before and after for staff assisted set up and clean up
  • Two staff members to run all activities
  • Paper plates, cups, napkins, forks, and table coverings
  • Free all day admission for 15 children (additional children, up to 25, may be added for 10.00 per additional child)
  • Shark’s teeth, excavated from a sand dig
  • Guided, age appropriate activity in one of our exhibit halls
  • 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 6 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.  Customized for age and theme.


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.

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