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Objects from the Babylonian Collection

Last Updated: September 17, 2018 

Welcome Teachers!

We're thrilled to start another school year with you, and look forward to sharing our amazing resources with you and your students.   We invite you to bring your class for a self-guided visit, or reserve one of our science, social studies or art programs.  We offer a wide variety of programs highlighted by our exhibits and specimens that support the standards you are teaching in your classroom.  As Connecticut transitions to the Next Generation Science Standards, we are adding and modifying programs that will help you introduce these new ideas to your students.  Activity sheets are also available to help focus your self-guided visits on standards based topics.  You can download them at the Resources link on the left.  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 us at peabody.education@yale.edu.


We've made our school programs more affordable this year too.  While our program price remains the same as last year, we've increased the number of students you can bring at that price from 20 to 25.  We recognize that class sizes are growing and we don't want to penalize you or your students.  We hope this little change will simplify things on your end and ours, and give you one less thing to think about when arriving at the museum.


Lastly, you may have heard that we recently received a very generous gift that will allow us to renovate the entire museum.  It's true, and it is also true that we will we have to close at some point during the renovation.  However, while planning for that transformation is well underway, it is not expected to have an impact on visits in the 2018-19 school years.  And even when the museum is closed, we will continue to offer school and group programs at the Peabody Museum's Community Education Center on Yale's West Campus in Orange.  Check the Museum's website for updates on our renovation plans.  We look forward to welcoming you and your students to the Yale Peabody Museum this school year!


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.



Museum Renovation

We continue to welcome any and all input from teachers about how to design our new facility to meet your needs.   This includes design, outfitting and use of these classrooms, new programs you'd like to see, and suggestions for specimens that will resonate with your students.  Please feel free to contact the School Programs Office with your ideas and suggestions.  One planned addition we know you'll particularly welcome is an indoor lunch room!  We look forward to your ideas.



Temporary Exhibits

The Artist’s Eye: Figurines of the Paleolithic is an art exhibition featuring sculptures by Cornelia Kubler Kavanagh that pay homage to some of the first three-dimensional representations of the female form ever discovered: figures created by Upper Paleolithic hunters and gatherers between 40,000 and 15,000 BCE.  The exhibit is located in the temporary gallery on the third floor, next to the Hall of Connecticut Birds.


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 fall 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: The Age of Akhenaton, and Principles of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  This exhibit will be updated again in January, so visit soon.



Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks - An exhibit featuring recently acquired collections of Babylonian artifacts is scheduled to open in April 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.  Thsi exhibit will be located on the first floor of the museum.