Field Trip Information & Reservations
Great Hall Renovation
Great Hall Renovation has begun!
Hall of Minerals, Earth & Space
Hall of Southern New England Dioramas - Forest Margin

Renovation of the Great Hall has begun!

All other exhibits and programs are available through June 30, 2020. Book your visit now! And make plans to visit us next year at Yale's West Campus!

Explore four billion years of natural history through our captivating exhibits and exciting programs! Schedule your field trip as either a self-guided visit or have the Museum’s Education Department provide an engaging science, history or art program for your school, home school, scout or community youth group. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance for all group visits and educational programs. Groups arriving without a confirmed reservation will be charged the regular admission price.  The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday and is wheelchair accesssible.  Most visitors tour the museum in 2-3 hours.  Please note that as we prepare for the upcoming renovation, some exhibits and other museum spaces may not be available during your visit. 


“The lesson was well developed and interactive.  It also allowed students to explore and ask questions to develop a deeper understanding.”  a 2nd grade teacher's evaluation of our Biodiversity program. 


“I have been coming to the museum for this program for 11 years.  The presenter was excellent: clear, articulate, easy to understand, knowledgeable and related well to my 1st year college class."  a college professor commenting on our Human Origins program. 


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Self-Guided Visits

A self-guided group visit to the Museum is a great way to see the museum’s many exciting exhibits.  Choose from a wide array of new and updated activity sheets and scavenger hunts to help you students focus on certain exhibits or subject matter, or explore the museum at your own pace.  Large groups may want to schedule a visit at less busy times, such as the fall and winter seasons, and after 1PM, especially in the spring.  An adult chaperone is required for every eight students.  Access to all halls is not guaranteed.


Docent Led Programs

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History offers docent led programs to school, scout and community youth groups.  All programs are approximately 45 minutes long and feature the museum’s exhibits and specimens.  Due to limited space in our galleries, program size is capped at 25 students.  A minimum of one chaperone is required for each 8 students.  School programs are aligned with Connecticut Science Core Framework or NGS standards for grades K to 12.  Pre and post visit resources are available for select programs.


From September through March, programs at the Yale Peabody Museum are offered at no charge to public schools in the Amity, New Haven, Orange, and West Haven school districts. 


Learn more about our docent led programs:

School Programs by Topic

Museum Highlights Tours


Making Reservations

To access our on-line reservation form, CLICK HERE.


You can also make a reservation by contacting our Education Office at, weekdays between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

  • All groups must reserve their visit or program at least two weeks in advance
  • You will receive a confirmation from the Education Office
  • This confirmation must be presented at the admissions desk at the time of your visit
  • Any group visiting without a confirmed reservation will be charged the regular admission price


Group Admission/Program Fees and Policies

Because of the Great Hall closure, many of our group admission fees have been reduced effective January 1, 2020.  For current fees and policies, please click here.


Helpful Information

To make the most of your visit to the museum, please download and review the following Pre-Visit Field Trip Information Package


For More Information:

Thomas Parlapiano, Manager

Office of School and Teacher Engagement

(203) 432-0944


Mailing Address:

Office of School and Teacher Engagement

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

P.O. Box 208118

New Haven, CT 06520-8118 USA


Directions and Parking

Admissions Desk (203) 432-8987