Peabody@Home: Online Digital Resources

Welcome to Peabody@Home, your hub for digital resources, educational tools, and interesting online curiosities of the Peabody Museum!

The Peabody is your neighborhood museum, changing the way you see the world. We encourage the curious and invite explorers of all ages to search our collections and engage with our programs. Our doors may be closed right now, but we’re opening windows into the many digital resources available here at the Peabody and across the internet.

We will be adding to Peabody@Home regularly and welcome your feedback and suggestions. Our goal is to offer you and your family resources that entertain, inspire, and provide meaningful opportunities to discover more about the world we share.


Peabody at Home



Peabody@Home Activities

Yale Peabody Museum Coloring Book

Teacher Resources

At-Home Lesson Plans & Activities

Paleo-Knowledge Bowl: Online Edition
See how you compare against the 4th, 5th and 6th graders who would have been competing in Paleo Knowledge Bowl XXII!

Peabody Webinars

Spinosaurus: The First Swimming Predatory Dinosaur
A newly discovered fossil from the Moroccan desert has challenged the long-held belief that predatory dinosaurs were mainly land animals. Yale paleontologist Matteo Fabbri describes how he and other researchers collaborated on this find and new research.

Illustrating Science
Scientific illustration explains complex ideas that often cannot be shown with a photograph. Elissa Sorojsrisom shares her multi-step process for illustrating an extinct horseshoe crab, a fossil echinoderm, and the microstructure of bat wings.

The Lost Landmass Under Our Feet: Uncovering the Dinosaurs of Appalachia
Yale undergraduate researcher Chase Brownstein explores the bizarre and neglected dinosaur species that lived in what is now eastern North America.

On the Nature, Ecology, and Evolution of Egg Color
Jasmina Wiemann, PhD candidate in Yale's Earth & Planetary Science Department, will explore color in both bird and dinosaur eggs using specimens from the Peabody’s collections to learn about the evolution of nesting and parental care in dinosaurs.

Beauty: Who Decides?
Byron Kim, Senior Critic at the Yale School of Art, and Richard Prum, Coe Professor of Ornithology and Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody, take part in our first virtual Science Café, an ongoing series of informal conversations with scholars on natural history themes.

Okmok II Eruption: Impacts of Extreme Climate Effects on Rome & Egypt
Yale Professor Joseph Manning’s research brings together climate and historical data to show how these ancient societies were affected by explosive volcanic eruptions on the other side of the world.

Beauty: Who Decides? (Part 2)—Plight of the Condor
Our first virtual Science Cafe featured scholars Byron Kim, Senior Critic at the Yale School of Art, and Richard O. Prum, Head Curator of Vertebrate Zoology, to discuss beauty across human cultures and throughout the animal kingdom. They got together on Zoom a few days later to continue their conversation on this fascinating and inexhaustible subject.

Tree Hugging Lemurs: A Cool Way to Deal with Heat - New!
Verreaux’s sifakas, a highly arboreal lemur species, exhibit an interesting "terrestrial tree hugging" behavior. Resting on the ground is risky for these animals, so Yale researcher Chloe Chen-Kraus '20 PhD (Anthropology) and her colleagues were curious to know why the sifakas do this.

The Colorful World of Birds - New!
Birds evolved roughly 150 million years ago. Today, they are the most diverse and colorful land vertebrates. In conversation with Yale's Jasmina Wiemann, Princeton Professor and Yale alumna Mary Caswell Stoddard (Cassie) '08 discusses her fascination with the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive this variation.

Bicycling, Birding, and #BLM across America in a Summer of Chaos - New!
During summer 2020, Dr. Scott Edwards undertook a bicycle trip across the United States from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, encountering extraordinary people, landscapes, and birds as he wheeled his way through towns on the brink of collapse, Native American lands, and vast private ranches.

The Secret Lives of Dinosaurs - New!
Julia Clarke (’02 PhD, Geology & Geophysics) uses new tools to study the evolution of dinosaurs—including birds. Learn how international field teams in Antarctica, South America, and Asia led by Clarke are bringing together data on living animals to ask new questions of the fossil record.

Exhibiting Africa: Anthropology, Museums, and the Myth of "Decolonizing" - New!
Museums are wrestling with both the residues of historical race science and the realities of anti-Black racism in America today. Monique Scott (Yale ’04 PhD, Anthropology) shares insights from her career, at the American Museum of Natural History and the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, to address the pitfalls and potentials of reimagining Africa and rearticulating the value of Black lives for museum audiences and popular and political culture today.

Peabody Specimen Spotlights

Specimen Spotlight: Menoceras
Listen to Dr. Chris Norris tell you about a pig-sized rhino that once populated Nebraska.

Specimen Spotlight: Fossil Squid
Learn about one of the most remarkable specimens in our collection. This 150-million-year-old fossil squid still retains a visible ink sac and helped scientists discover the color patterns of ancient dinosaurs.

Specimen Spotlight: Cuneiform Tablet
Klaus Wagensonner reveals the secrets of one particular tablet in the Yale Babylonian Collection while demonstrating how ancient scribes created cuneiform symbols.

Specimen Spotlight: Giant Sea Scorpion
We'll take you from quarry to exhibit with the largest eurypterid specimen ever found. These giant sea scorpions were once plentiful in Earth's oceans until going extinct 250 million years ago. Dr. Susan Butts details how fossil discoveries are transformed from chunks of rock to fascinating gallery displays.

Video Activity Lessons

Let's Hear it for the Ears!—Video Lesson and Activity
Make your own wearable pair of animal ears, learn about the differences between the ways predator and prey animals hear, and create a sound-map!

Walking in the Steps of Dinosaurs
Learn about dinosaur footprints and how to make them at home!

Dinosaur Color Clues
Learn a fun, new dino-craft you can do at home, and hear how scientists are figuring out what color dinosaurs were in real life. We'll also teach you how you can use your imagination to make your dinosaur coloring book projects come alive.

Curious about Invertebrates?

Invertebrate Beach Bingo
Headed to the beach? Play a round of invertebrate bingo with the creatures you encounter. Use these cards to ID all the animals you find and be the first to get a Beach Bingo!

Research stories from the Invertebrate Zoology Collection

IZ Stories
More research stories from IZ!

Virtual Microscopy
We supplied the specimens and the microscopes!

CreatureCasts and other videos from curator Casey Dunn

Natural History in your Neighborhood

Amphibians and Reptiles of CT
Learn all the local frog calls!

Citizen Science projects open to all

Beyond Your Back Door
A new, nature appreciation blog from the Peabody’s Education Coordinator, Jim Sirch

FrogWatch U.S.A.
Register with our partner, the Maritime Aquarium, for a free, virtual training session and start contributing to national frog research.

Journey North
Citizen science opportunities, including projects tracking hummingbird and monarch butterfly migration

Other Fun Stuff

Yale Peabody Museum Collections Search
Explore millions of specimens in our catalog!

Time Lapse of Great Hall Renovation
Watch our iconic hall get disassembled earlier this year!

David Friend Hall Virtual Tour
Relax and enjoy a signature Yale Peabody experience

Peabody Images for your Zoom Background
Use a Peabody photo for your next digital meeting or social-distanced happy hour.

All About Trees
Celebrate Connecticut's trees with these tree activities!

History of Science and Technology at the Peabody Museum
Uncover the secrets of over 10,000 unique objects in our HST collection, with news and stories from the Collections Manager, Dr. Alexi Baker

Spann Thumbnail Mineral Photography
Inspect these stunning, tiny objects like never before, with a high-resolution 360° viewer.