Object Study Gallery

Teaching with the Collection

From the bones of massive dinosaurs to art and cultural artifacts from across the globe, the collections of the Yale Peabody Museum and like institutions are the foundation for our understanding of the world. Spanning many disciplines, the objects in this gallery have been selected by Yale University faculty to support courses in a broad range of subjects. Chosen for their relevance to course assignments and activities, these specimens and artifacts from the Museum’s encyclopedic collections provide students with an opportunity to learn directly from the objects.


Each semester-long installation offers a glimpse of one of the many ways the Museum’s collections are integrated into the intellectual life of the University. This study gallery is an important part of the Peabody’s effort to provide opportunities to teach with real objects and specimens, experiment with curatorial approaches, and spark interdisciplinary dialog across the University.


The objects on view here have been selected for the following Yale University courses by faculty in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale School of Art, and the departments of Anthropology, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and History.


Spring Semester 2018


Scientific Instruments and the Making of Knowledge (HIST 444J / HSHM 439)

Charlotte Abney Salomon


History of Life (E&EB 125 / G&G 125)
Derek Briggs and Pincelli Hull
Aztec Archaeology and Ethnohistory (ANTH 264 / ARCG 264)
Oswaldo Chinchilla
The Making of Japan's Great Peace, 1550–1850 (EAST 301 / HIST 307)
Fabian Drixler
Plants and People (E&EB 145)
Linda Puth
Primate Diversity and Evolution (ANTH 335/835 / E&EB 342/842)
Eric Sargis