Peabody Renovation
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Since its founding in 1866, Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History has enjoyed worldwide acclaim for its dinosaur skeletons, mammal displays and natural history collections. Today, the Peabody Museum houses more than 12.8 million specimens and artifacts representing more than 4 billion years of geological, biological and human history.  These collections are at the heart of university teaching and are a resource for scholars at Yale and around the world. Beyond its primary role supporting the academic curriculum, the Peabody Museum serves as the primary conduit of Yale science programs to the public, welcoming over 150,000 visitors each year, including many thousands of school children from across the region.


Remodeling and updating the Dinosaur and Mammal Halls, known together as the Fossil Halls, is the highest priority at this time. These spaces host some of the most famous and spectacular original dinosaur skeletons in the world, alongside other amazing fossils, while continuing to celebrate the murals of Rudolph Zallinger, The Age of Reptiles and The Age of Mammals. The dinosaur and mammal skeletons will be cleaned and conserved, restored, and remounted into dramatic and dynamic poses that will tell stories of feeding and hunting behaviors. Hundreds of additional specimens will be added to the displays. The exhibit will incorporate the story of oscillating icehouse and greenhouse conditions that helped to drive evolutionary change during the history of life on the planet.


Donor support will be essential to restoring the Peabody’s Fossil Halls. It is planned that the renewed galleries will be restored in time to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Peabody Museum in 2016.


Opportunities within this category:

Hall of Dinosaurs

$ 15,000,000

Hall of Mammals

$ 10,000,000

Dinosaur Hall Brontosaurus Exhibit

$ 5,000,000

Dinosaur Hall Mezzanine

$ 5,000,000

Dinosaur Hall Archelon/Tylosaurus Exhibit

$ 3,000,000

Dinosaur Hall Stegosaurus/Allosaurus Exhibit

$ 3,000,000

Mammal Hall Mammut (Mastodon) Exhibit

$ 3,000,000

Mammal Hall Megacerops/Hoplophoneus Exhibit

$ 3,000,000

Dinosaur Hall T-Rex/Torosaurus/Triceratops Exhibit

$ 2,000,000

Mammal Hall Moropus Exhibit

$ 2,000,000

Dinosaur Hall Pteranodon Exhibit

$ 1,000,000

Mammal Hall Large Centerpiece Case Display

$ 1,000,000

Mammal Hall Media Table

$ 500,000

Fossil Halls Permanent Case Displays

$ 100,000 - $ 500,000


For more information, please contact Monty Shepardson at or 203-432-0175.