150th Anniversary Celebration Programs

Behind-the-Scenes Collections Tours

First and Third Tuesdays, spring and fall

4:00 to 5:00 pm


From Anthropology to Zoology, the 13 million objects and specimens in the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History’s collections represent a world-class record of the history of Earth and its cultures. Yet less than a tenth of one percent is on display in the public galleries! In continuing celebration of our 150th anniversary, we're offering behind-the-scenes tours on the first and third Tuesdays during fall 2018 and spring 2019. In this tour led by Yale students you’ll visit two different curatorial divisions, learn how the collections are stored and organized, and glimpse some hidden treasures that rarely see the light of day.


Tours are by registration only, and will be limited to a total of 24 people. Please limit the number in your party to 4, and please only register for one tour date per semester in order to allow space for others to attend. Because many of the collections storage rooms are active labs or workspaces with fragile objects in some cases, these tours are not open to children under 12. Tours leave from the Peabody Museum lobby promptly at 4:00 pm.


To register for a date listed below, please click on the link for the appropriate date. This will take you off our website to SignUpGenius, where you'll simply enter your name, e-mail address, and number in your party. If the Tour Attendees slots are full, please do sign up for the waitlist and we will contact you if space becomes available. If a date below is not linked, we have not yet opened the tour for registration or it has already taken place.


Tuesday, January 29 (last Tuesday in Jan. for student availability)

Tuesday, February 5

Tuesday, February 19

Tuesday, March 5

Tuesday, April 2

Tuesday, April 16

Tuesday, May 7