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: January 14, 2020 

Welcome Teachers!

The Great Hall is now closed.  But there is a lot of activity as the room is prepared for the removal of the brontosaurus and other dinosaurs beginning later this month.  Now THAT will be something to see.  Stop in the Discovery Room on the 2nd floor and watch as the Great Hall begins its transformation.  The rest of the Museum remains open until the end of June 2020, and we are still offering all of our programs except Dinosaurs, Paleo Worlds and Paleo Art of the Peabody.  And school groups can now reserve guided tours of our Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks exhibit.  Check out our program webpage for more details.


We recently received a shipment of new lab tables for our temporary home at Yale’s West Campus, and have been meeting with collections managers here at the Museum to see which specimens we can "borrow" while the museum is closed.  These will really add to our program content.  We expect to be open for your visits in late-September or early October, 2020.  We will be carrying over some of the programs we’ve been offering at the Museum – Adaptations, Human Origins, Landforms, Native People of Connecticut, Paleo-Worlds, Dinosaurs, Habitats & Human Impacts and Properties of Rocks & Minerals.  In addition, we’re developing a number of new life science programs that will take advantage of our West Campus location which includes an extensive netrwork of on-campus nature trails.  We’ll begin taking reservations for programs at West Campus soon, so stay tuned.


Renovation Update

WE'RE STILL OPEN!!!  And we will be until the end of June.  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......


July 1st will mark the start of a new chapter for the Education Department.  We'll be moving lock, stock and barrel 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 educational facility from 2009 to 2015 that's hosted school programs, community groups, teacher workshops and natural science illustration classes.  We'll continue to offer the science, social studies and art programs you've come to expect from the Peabody Museum, and much more!  We hope you'll bring your students to visit us. 


Field Trip Essentials

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.