Study Gallery

Teaching with the Collection

From the bones of massive dinosaurs to art and cultural artifacts from across the globe, the collections of the Yale Peabody Museum and like institutions are the foundation for our understanding of the world. Spanning many disciplines, the objects in this gallery have been selected by Yale University faculty and staff to support courses in a broad range of subjects. Chosen for their relevance to course assignments and activities, these specimens and artifacts from the Museum’s encyclopedic collections provide students with an opportunity to learn directly from the objects.


Each semester-long installation offers a glimpse of one of the many ways the Museum’s collections are integrated into the intellectual life of the University. This study gallery is an important part of the Peabody’s effort to provide opportunities to teach with real objects and specimens, experiment with curatorial approaches, and spark interdisciplinary dialog across the University.


The objects on view here have been selected for the following Yale University courses by faculty in the departments of Anthropology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology.


Fall Semester 2019

The Age of Akhenaton (ARCG 244/744 / NELC 109/509 / RLST 245)

John Darnell


Principles of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (BIOL 104)

Richard Prum (fall) and Thomas Near (spring)