David Friend Hall
Partial view of David Friend Hall
Calcite with marcasite and galena, Sweetwater mine, Missouri, USA. Gift of Mark J. Pospisil. YPM MIN. 100708
Sandstone concretion, Fontainebleau, France. Gift of David Friend (YC '69)

With its debut in October 2016, David Friend Hall represents an exciting new addition to the Museum's permanent galleries. The 2,300-square-foot, state-of-the-art gem and mineral gallery features more than 150 premier specimens from the Museum's collection and also significant private collections from across the United States. Dynamic displays integrate free-standing, large-scale minerals with small-scale specimens, and customized lighting and cabinetry showcases each specimen’s beauty. The gallery also serves as a multipurpose programming space for the more than 300 public programs per year. Located adjacent to the Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space, the Hall further advances the museum’s mission to communicate our understanding of Earth’s history.


David Friend Hall is named for the philanthropist and Yale alumnus who provided support for the the gallery.




2019 Yale Mineral Symposium in David Friend Hall

On October 18-20, 2019, the Peabody Museum will host the fourth Yale Mineral and Gem Symposium at David Friend Hall, featuring expert speakers from the fields of mineralogy and gemology.


Watch this space for more details in the forthcoming months.


More info: Yale Mineral Symposium in David Friend Hall



David Friend Hall App

The Yale Peabody Museum David Friend Hall application was developed by Yale students to provide Peabody Museum visitors more information about a limited number of featured objects in the hall.  With reduced signage and wall text, David Friend Hall is designed to be a unique aesthetic experience, and intended to stimulate curiosity and the desire to learn more about these remarkable specimens. This first version of the application attempts feed that curiosity by educating visitors about six of the signature mineral specimens in the hall. Information and images are provided about their formation, crystal structure, color, and use in society.  More information


The [iOS] app is available for download on the App store here.



Photos & Videos

Click on any of the thumbnails below for an up-close look at some incredible specimens from David Friend Hall.




David Friend Hall in the Media


"Beauty in The Eye of Science"

Medium.com, February 2018


"Yale's New Rock Stars" [PDF, 850kb]

New Haven Magazine, September-October 2017


Websclusive: Yale alumnus rocks the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History into the 21st century

newhavenmag.com, 2017


David Friend Hall: Dazzle, Adventure and Vision

inkct.com, June 2017


"Grand Opening of the David Friend Mineral Hall & Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History's 150th Anniversary Celebration"

rocksandminerals.org, May 2017


"Peabody Museum, David Friend Hall: Rock Star Treatment"

cwarchitectsllc.com, February 2017


"Announcement: Celebrate the Opening of the David Friend Hall at the Peabody Museum!"

iRocks.com, October 24, 2016


"Yale Peabody's New Mineral Room Shines With Glorious Gems, Crystals"

The Hartford Courant, October 20, 2016


"The Peabody Museum’s new mineral gallery will ‘knock your socks off’"

YaleNews, October 17, 2016


"Peabody museum unveils state-of-the-art exhibit space"

Yale Daily News, October 14, 2016


"PHOTOS: Yale Peabody Museum New David Friend Hall"

New Haven Register, October 13, 2016


"New Gem Hall Will Bring Even More ‘Wow Factor’ to Peabody Museum"

Connecticut Magazine, October 12, 2016