Field Trip Information & Reservations


The Yale Peabody Museum invites you to explore four billion years of natural history through our captivating exhibits and exciting programs! Schedule your field trip as either a self-guided visit or have the Museum’s Education Department provide an engaging science, history or art program for your school, scout or community youth group. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance for all group visits and educational programs.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is wheelchair accesssible.  Most visitors tour the museum in 2-3 hours.  Some exhibits may be temporarily unavailable during your visit if a program is scheduled in that space.


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.  An adult chaperone is required for every eight students.  Access to all halls is not guaranteed.


Docent Led Programs

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offers docent led programs to school, scout and community youth groups.  All programs are approximately 45 minutes long and feature the museum’s exhibits and specimens.  Due to limited space in our galleries, 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.  Pre and post visit resources are available for select programs.


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


Learn more about our docent led programs:

School Programs by Topic

Museum Highlights Tours


Making Reservations

For our on-line reservation form, CLICK HERE.


You can also make a reservation by contacting Elizabeth Steele at our 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 February 5, 2018.  For current policies, please click here.


Helpful Information

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


For More Information:

Elizabeth Steele

(203) 432-3775 (9am–1pm)


Thomas Parlapiano, Manager of School & Teacher Engagement

(203) 432-0944


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