Artist's rendering of the renovated Great Hall
Great Hall renovation in progress, January 15, 2020
Spectacular mineral specimens in David Friend Hall

Last Updated: March 25, 2020 

Welcome Teachers!

With coronavirus shutting down the Peabody Museum and all Connecticut schools, I'm writing to remind you of the science and social studies units available on this page (left hand menu bar - Curriula) which address a range of grades.  Please use them if you can as part of your distance learning initiatives.


Our education staff has been meeting remotely this week to discuss ways we can quickly add to our content to help teachers and parents find solid science and social studies content featuring Peabody specimens, research and experts.  If there is a subject you need addressed, and you think we can be of help, please e-mail me and I'll bring it to our group.


Here are some existing websites with lots of great content for kids, adults and teachers:

National Park Service (language arts, history, science)

UC Berkeley (evolution, dinosaurs)

Smithsionian Institution (history, science, art)

National Geographic (earth & life science)

American Museum of Natural History (science)

US Geological Survey (earth & life science)

Cornell Lab or Ornithology (life science)

Bat Conservation International (bat ecology and activity booklet)

British Museum (Ancient Egypt)

National Geographic (Ancient Mesopotamia)

Ancient History Encyclopedia (Ancient Mesopotamia and more)

Connecticut History.org (Native Peoples of Connecticut and more)

Connecticut State Library (Native Peoples of Connecticut)


If you find other exceptional educational resources you'd like to share with others, please e-mail us at peabody.education@yale.edu and we will add them to this list.  Check back for news about our future plans and remember we will be offering programs in the fall at Yale's West Campus in Orange.  More on that soon.




Renovation Update

As we continue to plan future exhibits, we welcome your input about the specimens and objects that are important to you.  Your input can help guide us as we design the galleries, select specimens to exhibit and craft the interpretive text.  And we want to hear from you about new topics for programs.  Please contact the School Programs Office with your ideas and suggestions.  A few features of the new museum we think you will especially appreciate are dedicated education classrooms, an indoor lunch room and lots of sound proofing!!  We look forward to your ideas.  Visit Peabody Evolved to get a preview......


West Campus Update 

July 1st will mark the start of a new chapter for the Education Department.  We'll be moving to the Education Center at Yale's West Campus, located just off Marsh Hill Road in Orange.  It is familiar space for us, having been a Peabody programming hub from 2009 to 2015 for school programs, teacher workshops and natural science illustration classes.


We're currently outfitting our new facility and have been bulking up our collection of microscopes.  We'll have more teaching specimens too - Peabody collections managers are letting us "borrow" some specimens that you've seen on exhibit in the Museum's galleries.  And we've got an amazing virtual 3D Great Hall so brontosaurus, stegosaurus and the rest of our prehistoric menagerie can still be a part of our programs!


We'll continue many of the programs we’ve been offering including: Adaptations, Human Origins, Landforms, Native Peoples of Connecticut, Paleo-Worlds, Dinosaurs, Habitats & Human Impacts, Connecticut Wildlife and Properties of Rocks & Minerals.  In addition, we’re developing new life science programs that will take advantage of our West Campus location which includes an extensive network of on-campus nature trails.


We expect to be open for your visits in late-September or early October, 2020 and will begin taking reservations for programs at West Campus soon, so stay tuned.  We hope you'll bring your students to visit us. 


Field Trip Essentials (field trips are shut down for the time being)

Here's everything you need to schedule your field trip:


P. REX Club Sign up!

Register for the P. REX Club (Peabody Regional Educators’ eXchange) and receive e-mails about upcoming events just for educators such as our fall open house, programs and professional development opportunities, exhibit openings and our signature P.REX evening programs.  


P. REX evening programs in a nutshell:

  • A chance to network with other educators
  • 20-minute topical presentations by engaging speakers
  • Fun take-away activities
  • Raffle prizes
  • Refreshments



Reduced Self-Guided Visit Rates!

As promised, self-guided rates for students have dropped from $5 to $3 beginning January 1.  Teachers and staff with a school ID will still be free.  


More Students per Program!

We've just made our school programs a better bargain.  Rather than 20 students, our flat program fee of $200 now covers 25 students, in addition to 5 adults.  This is a savings of up to $25.  Programs will still be capped at 25 students because of the limited teaching space in our galleries.  We hope this will simplify things for your staff and ours and will give you another reason to visit the Museum soon.



Temporary Exhibits

Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks - An exhibit featuring recently acquired collections of Babylonian artifacts will be open until June 30 in the first floor temporary gallery adjacent to the Great Hall.  Click here to see some of these objects and learn more about the collection. 


Seeing Nature Through Art – an exhibition of artwork produced by the instructors of our Natural Science Illustration program.  Open October 22-June 30.


California Gold: Modern Marvels from the Golden State

This very special collection showcases 23 stunning pieces of California gold, including unusually large examples as well as smaller ones featuring extremely rare crystallographic forms.  Also featured are a collection of historical instruments and artifacts related to gold mining in California. These include a mining pan filled with gold dust, a balance for weighing specimens, an instrument for measuring the velocity of air in mines (to ensure proper ventilation), and a silver candlestick decorated with mining related symbols that miners used for illumination while underground. The exhibit is located near the entrance to the Great Hall of Dinosaurs.


The Study Gallery this fall features specimens from the Museum's collections that have been requested by Yale professors to illustrate courses they are teaching this semester.  Many of these objects have never been on exhibit in the Museum.  The Study Gallery is located in the space formerly occupied by the Hall of Native American Cultures and the Hall of Pacific Cultures on the first floor.  Courses represented this semester include: Age of Akhenaton, and Principles of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.  This exhibit will remain open through the end of the school year.