Community Day
Credit: Centerbrook Architects & Planners
Credit: Centerbrook Architects & Planners
Credit: Centerbrook Architects & Planners

Saturday, June 1, 10 am - 5 pm

Free Admission

The transformation of the Peabody is about to begin!

  • Be among the first to see our renovation exhibit Peabody Evolving.
  • Enjoy a preview and virtual tour of the new Peabody Museum.
  • Take a selfie with a giant mosasaur.
  • Interact with real fossils on the Sci.CARTS manned by our high school Sci.CORPS students.
  • Experience the dinosaurs before we start packing them up.



Open Letter from Director David Skelly

Born and raised in Connecticut, I’ve been coming to the Peabody Museum since I was a young kid. Most things from childhood appear smaller when you return to them as an adult. Brontosaurus is an exception. I feel incredibly lucky to work in a place where I still experience wonder, and grateful to recognize it in the eyes of my children.


When this building opened to the public in 1926, its exhibitions reflected contemporary scientific research and thought. But just as life on this planet evolves, so must the stories we tell about it. More simply, every natural history museum needs to be spruced up from time to time. The next defining moment in the Peabody’s history has arrived. Please pardon our dust.


The Peabody’s evolution will begin this summer with the relocation of the Pteranodon and one of our Triceratops skulls to the new Yale Science Building’s Marsh Lecture Hall. The Peabody’s Great Hall of Dinosaurs will remain open until January, and on June 30, 2020, our public galleries will close. From that point on, and for at least two years, we will be renovating and expanding the Museum to better serve students, faculty, researchers, and the community of individuals and families who live in and visit this region.


The new Yale Peabody Museum will contain over 50% more gallery space. We’re remounting Brontosaurus and all his formerly-feathered friends. We will be adding modern classrooms for Yale and public-school students, an outdoor plaza, and a dramatic, light-filled central gallery.


Though the dioramas and murals will remain untouched, this multi-year process will transform the Peabody we know and love. I encourage you to visit before this evolution begins. There’s so much to explore and discover. Experience the ‘before’ and we’ll get to work on the ‘after.’


I hope to see you in our galleries on Saturday, June 1, for our free-admission Peabody Community Day and opening of Peabody Evolving. Please join us to see architectural renderings and experience the dinosaurs before we start packing them up. I can’t wait to welcome you into the new Peabody Museum. Until then, come by for a visit before we turn out the lights in 2020!



David Skelly

Director, Yale Peabody Museum

May 23, 2019