General Information & Reservations


The Yale Peabody Museum invites you to explore four billion years of natural history through our captivating exhibits and exciting programs!  Reserve a self-guided group visit, or have the Museum’s Education Department provide an engaging science, history or art program featuring our specimens and exhibits for your school, scout or community group.  Reservations at least two weeks in advance are required for all group visits and educational programs.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is wheelchair accesssible.


Self-Guided Visits

A self-guided group visit to the Museum is a great way to see the museum’s many exciting exhibits.  Activity sheets can be downloaded to help focus on certain exhibits or subject matter, or explore the museum at your own pace.  Large groups may want to schedule a visit at less busy times, such as the fall and winter seasons, and after 1PM, especially in the spring.  Access to all halls is not guaranteed, and some exhibits may be closed when classes are scheduled.  An adult chaperone is required for every eight students.


Guided Group Programs

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offers docent led programs to school, scout and community groups.  All programs are approximately 45 minutes long and feature the museum’s exhibits and specimens.  Program size is capped at 25 students.  A minimum of one chaperone is required for each 8 students.  School programs are aligned with Connecticut Science Core Framework or NGS standards for grades K to 12.  Click on the links below for a list of available programs by topic and grade level.  Pre and post visit resources are available for select programs.


From September through March, programs at the Peabody Museum are offered at no charge to public schools in the Amity, New Haven, Orange, and West Haven school districts. 


Learn more about specific guided programs:

School Programs by Topic

School Programs by Grade Level

Highlights Tours of the Museum


Making Reservations

To make a reservation, contact Elizabeth Steele at the Education Office at or (203) 432-3775, weekdays between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

  • All groups must reserve their visit or program at least two weeks in advance
  • You will receive a confirmation from the Education Office
  • This confirmation must be presented at the admissions desk at the time of your visit


Group Admission/Program Fees and Policies

Our fees and payment policies have changed effective September 1, 2016.  Please click here for the most recent information.


Helpful Information

To make the most of your visit to the museum, please download and review the following: Pre-Visit Information


For More Information:

Elizabeth Steele

(203) 432-3775 (9am–1pm)


Tom Parlapiano, Manager of School & Teacher Engagement

(203) 432-0944


Staff Directory


Mailing Address:

Office of School and Teacher Engagement

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

P.O. Box 208118

New Haven, CT 06520-8118 USA


Directions and Parking

InfoTape (203) 432-5050