The Great Hall

Renovation Closure Announcement

The Great Hall and the Hall of Mammalian Evolution will be closed starting January 1, 2020, for the duration of the upcoming Peabody Museum renovation.


The Great Hall of Dinosaurs is the centerpiece of the Yale Peabody Museum. Featuring skeletons from the Museum’s world-renowned paleontology collections, it is also home to Rudolph Zallinger’s famous mural The Age of Reptiles.

Opened in 1926, the Great Hall was designed to house some of the extensive fossils collected in the late 19th century for O.C. Marsh, among them the Peabody’s largest mounted skeleton, a Brontosaurus. Nearby are the reconstructed skeletons of Camarasaurus, Stegosaurus and Camptosaurus.


Also on display in the Great Hall:

Other fossils in the Great Hall include:

  • Skeletons and a model of the carnivorous dinosaur Deinonychus
  • Archelon, the largest species of turtle ever known
  • Skeletons of the toothed birds Hesperornis and Ichthyornis
  • A composite slab of fossil dinosaur footprints from Connecticut
  • A fossil crinoid, the “sea lily” Seirocrinus