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Objects from the Babylonian Collection

Last Updated: April 23, 2019 

Welcome Teachers!

It’s hard to believe we are in the home stretch – just weeks until the end of the school year!  Thanks to all who have visited this year or who have reservations to visit with us this spring.  And it’s not too late.  We still have some availability in May if you can be flexible with your date, and plenty in June.


It is clear that NGSS has infiltrated your school districts – we are getting a lot of requests for new programs such as Habitats & Human Impacts, Paleo-Worlds, and Biodiversity.  More middle and high school classes are visiting for our Principles of Evolution and Human Origins programs.  Some of our established programs such as Native Peoples of Connecticut, Adaptations and Connecticut Wildlife have been updated with many new specimens and touchable objects.  And with feedback from you, we are developing new content for programs such as Daily Life in Ancient Egypt and Landforms.  If there's a natural history topic you'd like us to address that's not currently on our list of programs, please let us know and we'll be in touch to see if we can make it work!  E-mail me at thomas.parlapiano@yale.edu.  We hope you will consider bringing your class to the Museum for a field trip this year.


Renovation Update

Our renovation plans are moving forward at light speed.  YES, we are still open, and at the present time it looks like you will be able to visit the Museum until June of 2020.  However, the Great Hall, where Brontosaurus and our other iconic dinosaurs have stood for many years, will be closing to the public at the end of December 2019 – a mere seven months from now!  At that point the dinosaurs will be dismantled (which you'll be able to watch from the Discovery Room on the 2nd floor) and the renovation of that space will begin.  If you have been bringing your students here for years to see the dinosaurs, please make your field trip plans soon for fall 2019.  After that, you may have to wait until 2023.  We anticipate this fall is going to be a very busy season.  Everyone wants one last look at Brontosaurus before it disappears for a well deserved makeover. 


We continue to welcome input from teachers about the specimens and objects that are important to you.  Your input can help guide us as we design the galleries and select objects for the exhibits.  And we want to hear from you about new topics for programs.  Please contact the School Programs Office with your ideas and suggestions.  Some planned additions we think you'll particularly welcome are an indoor lunch room and lots of sound proofing!!  We look forward to your ideas.


Field Trip Essentials

Here's everything you need to schedule your field trip:


P. REX Club Sign up!

Register for the P. REX Club (Peabody Regional Educators’ eXchange) and receive e-mails about upcoming events just for educators such as our fall open house, programs and professional development opportunities, exhibit openings and our signature P.REX evening programs.  


P. REX evening programs in a nutshell:

  • A chance to network with other educators
  • 20-minute topical presentations by engaging speakers
  • Fun take-away activities
  • Raffle prizes
  • Refreshments



More Students per Program!

We've just made our school programs a better bargain.  Rather than 20 students, our flat program fee of $200 now covers 25 students, in addition to 5 adults.  This is a savings of up to $25.  Programs will still be capped at 25 students because of the limited teaching space in our galleries.  We hope this will simplify things for your staff and ours and will give you another reason to visit the Museum soon.


Year 'round Educational Programs

We now offer our full slate of science, anthropology and art classes throughout the entire year!  Please think of us if you are looking for a program for your summer enrichment class, camp organization or youth group.  Group guided tours of the Museum are also available.  For a full list of programs, click here


Temporary Exhibits

Ancient Mesopotamia SpeaksAn exhibit featuring recently acquired collections of Babylonian artifacts opens on April 6th in the first floor temporary gallery adjacent to the Great Hall.  Click here to see some of these objects and learn more about the collection. 


On Fly in the Salt: American Saltwater Fly Fishing from the Surf to the Flats – This curated journey through time is  filled with the people, places, and innovations that have made saltwater fly fishing one of the fastest growing sectors of the exciting and dynamic angling industry.


California Gold: Modern Marvels from the Golden State

This very special collection showcases 23 stunning pieces of California gold, including unusually large examples as well as smaller ones featuring extremely rare crystallographic forms.  Also featured are a collection of historical instruments and artifacts related to gold mining in California. These include a mining pan filled with gold dust, a balance for weighing specimens, an instrument for measuring the velocity of air in mines (to ensure proper ventilation), and a silver candlestick decorated with mining related symbols that miners used for illumination while underground. The exhibit is located near the entrance to the Great Hall of Dinosaurs.


The Study Gallery this spring and summer features specimens from the Museum's collections that have been requested by Yale professors to illustrate courses they are teaching this semester.  Many of these objects have never been on exhibit in the Museum.  The Study Gallery is located in the space formerly occupied by the Hall of Native American Cultures and the Hall of Pacific Cultures on the first floor.  Courses represented this semester include: Primate Diversity and Evolution, and Principles of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  This exhibit will be updated again in September for the fall semester.