Temporary Exhibit
A Georg Hartmann astrolabe from 1537, the oldest object in the collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. YPM HSI 040001. Robert Lorenz/Yale Peabody Museum
Olmec Head
Massive Olmec head from southern Mexico. YPM ANT 264662. Robert Lorenz/Yale Peabody Museum
The discovery of the raptor Deinonychus by Peabody paleontologist John Ostrom would revolutionize our understanding of dinosaurs—and ultimately inspire the raptors of Jurassic Park. Courtesy of Universal City Studios Property Department


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Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration & Discovery

In 2016 we are very pleased to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Founded in 1866 with a generous gift from international financier George Peabody, the Museum has served as a world leader for 150 years in the collection, preservation, and study of objects that document the diversity and history of both nature and humanity.


Among the Museum’s 13 million items are iconic fossils, striking ethnographic pieces, historical flora, and extinct species—a remarkable record of the history of Earth, its life, and its cultures. More than mere curios, these objects represent key cornerstones in our understanding of the natural world.


Featuring artifacts and specimens from across the Museum’s scientific divisions—from anthropology to zoology—Treasures of the Peabody will tell the fascinating story of the Museum and its personalities, beginning with the founding of Yale in 1701 and the early evolution of science in America to the expeditions and cutting edge research that our curators are leading today.


Just a few of the highlights include the first T. rex fossil ever discovered; a small liverwort specimen collected by Charles Darwin during his voyage on the HMS Beagle; a rifle belonging to Buffalo Bill, one of O.C. Marsh’s guides during his fossil expeditions to the American West; a drool collector from Ivan Pavlov; the first microscope purchased by Yale in 1735, and a full-size Velociraptor model from the Jurassic Park film series!


We are very excited to share this story with you, and the world as viewed through the scientific lens of Peabody collections await! Be sure to see this very special display.


On view through January 8, 2017.




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Support for Treasures of the Peabody: 150 Years of Exploration & Discovery was generously provided by Connecticut Humanities.