Peabody Fellows teachers weighing a hawk
Peabody Fellows participants record the weight of a hawk
CT Science Content Standard 4.2
Migration In the Balance Resource Kit for CT Science Content Standard 4.2
Jaguar on exhibit in the Object Study Gallery

Last Updated: July 19, 2018 

Welcome Teachers!

The Yale Peabody Museum offers a wide range of opportunities and resources for teachers.  Tour the museum with your class, download curriculum units, borrow kits, print activity sheets and scavenger hunts, or reserve one of our standards based science, anthropology or art classes.  Through our nationally recognized workshops and institutes, we also offer teachers professional development opportunities ranging from one day to week-long programs.  These are offered in the summer most years.  Please see the menu on the left to navigate, or contact us at peabody.education@yale.edu if you don’t find what you are looking for.


Field Trip Essentials

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


P. REX Club Sign up!

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



P. REX Gathering

Thanks to all who attended the last P.REX gathering.  We developed a great list of ideas for the new classrooms to be built as part of the upcoming renovation of the Museum.  If you have any additional thoughts regarding the design, outfitting and use of these classrooms, please feel free to contact the School Programs Office with your ideas and suggestions.  Sign up here to receive a formal announcement or check back here.



Temporary Exhibits

A bright and sparkling mini-exhibit titled California Gold: Modern Marvels from the Golden State opened April 14 and will be here for the foreseeable future. This very special collection showcases 23 stunning pieces of California gold, including unusually large examples and smaller ones highlighting their 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 Object Study Gallery currently features specimens requested for the spring semester, including many that have never been on exhibit in the Museum. The Object 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. This gallery features objects from the Museum's collections requested by Yale professors to illustrate courses they are teaching this semester. Courses represented in the gallery include: Scientific Instruments and the Making of Knowledge; History of Life; Aztec Archaeology and Ethnohistory; The Making of Japan's Great Peace 1550-1850; Plants and People; Primate Diversity and Evolution. Featured are some impressive examples of North American wildlife not found elsewhere in the Museum. These include a gray wolf, western coyote, mountain lion, bobcat and wild turkey. You will also find primate skeletons and lots of interesting historic scientific instruments. This exhibit will be updated again in late August, so visit soon.



A new exhibit - Ice Age Goddess - is currently being installed and is expected to open to the public on August 11.  This exhibit pays homage to the so-called “Venus” figures created by Cro-Magnon hunters and gatherers between 40,000 and 15,000 BCE.  While most of the original figures were carved from soft stone and ivory, the twelve goddess figures produced for this exhibit are recreated in bronze and polymer.  It is located on the museum's third floor.