Artist's rendering of the renovated Great Hall
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Objects from the Babylonian Collection

Last Updated: November 19, 2019 

Welcome Teachers!

JUST 16 SCHOOL DAYS LEFT TO SEE THE BRONTOSAURUS!  The Great Hall closes at the end of December to begin a three-year renovation that will transform the entire museum.  So if you want to see Brontosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camptosaurus and the rest of our amazing dinosaurs and prehistoric marine reptiles, book your visit NOW or wait until the fall of 2023.  The Hall of Mammalian Evolution is also closing at the end of December, but the rest of the Museum will remain open and we will be offering all of our programs except Dinosaurs and Paleo-Worlds until the end of June 2020.  And school groups can now reserve guided tours of our Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks exhibit.  Check out our program webpage for more details.



Our temporary home at Yale’s West Campus is finally making progress and 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.  We’ll begin taking reservations for programs at West Campus in January, so stay tuned.


Renovation Update

Each day the renovation plans become more real.  YES, we are still open, and will be until the end of June.  After that we'll move to West Campus and continue offering the science, social studies and art programs you've come to expect from the Peabody Museum.  We continue to welcome your input about the specimens and objects that are important to you.  Your input can help guide us as we design the galleries and select objects for the exhibits.  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 an indoor lunch room and lots of sound proofing!!  We look forward to your ideas.  Visit Peabody Evolved to get a preview......


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!

Beginning in January with the closure of the Great Hall, self-guided rates for students will drop from $5 to $3.  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 be updated again in January for the spring semester.