Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
This museum has a diverse collection ranging from Indian artifacts to Egyptian art to a large bird collection.
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Very good

Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD4,849 contributions
Great museum that will open in the future.
May 2021
We are visiting New Haven, CT to see the sights of Yale that we missed in the late 1970's when we stopped here to see the renowned Hall of Dinosaurs. It was outstanding and a model for all of the main halls of natural history museums.
Today its all closed with fabric sheeting surrounding the entire building. But the dinosaur statue is still outside and reminding me of University Biology in my freshman year. Especially as today was the graduation day for this year with lots of parents on campus.
Written May 24, 2021
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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka294 contributions
A good place for kids
Jan 2020
Peabody museum is the best museum in New Haven. Kids enjoyed it very much. After my visit in January, it was closed for renovation and I hope it has more to offer after that.
Written October 1, 2020
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Windsor, CT314 contributions
Definitely Worth Visiting Before It Closes for 3 Years of Renovations on June 30, 2020
Mar 2020
My husband and I visited the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History in New Haven, Connecticut on Sunday, March 1, 2020. We have visited this museum in the past and have always enjoyed it, finding it to be quite educational, interesting and informative. It addresses many different topics, providing a good lesson in multiple aspects of history, culture, science, art, and politics, depending upon what is applicable. The museum has something for everyone, including children, teens and adults alike. This time we particularly enjoyed the ‘Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights from the Babylonian Collection’ special exhibit, which is very nicely done and has very historical significance. It is definitely worth visiting the museum before it closes on June 30, 2020 for three years of renovations, even though the ‘Great Hall of Dinosaurs’ and ‘Hall of Mammalian Evolution’ have already recently closed.

There is still much to see at this museum, a lot more than what I mention below. The objects on display throughout the museum are well curated. Also, all the write-ups in the museum are detailed and very informative making your visit quite educational.

We only had a little over an hour to spend at the museum this time, so we went through the exhibits relatively quickly and did not have the opportunity to see the entire museum in detail. I estimate it would take at least two hours to see the museum in its entirety and absorb and appreciate it all.

On WEEKDAYS, limited parking is available in the Yale Peabody Museum Visitors Parking Lot (Yale Lot #41) located next to 221 Whitney Avenue. On WEEKENDS, parking is free and open to the public in the Peabody lot (#41), and in the adjacent Yale parking lots (#16 & #22).
Please refer to their web site for further details on parking.

Special Exhibit: ‘Ancient Mesopotamia Speaks: Highlights from the Babylonian Collection’:

This exhibit nicely illustrates how Mesopotamia has produced beautiful works of art, myths, and epics celebrating gods and heroes, important scientific innovations, but also thousands of letters by ordinary people and even the world’s first cookbooks. The exhibit addresses multiple aspects of the impressive Yale Babylonian Collection, which houses more than 40,000 cuneiform texts, seals and other artifacts, even an early manuscript of the Epic of Gilgamesh. All the objects on display are excellently preserved

The exhibit is well laid out and addresses multiple topics, including the Archaeology and Cultural Heritage of the area, bearing witness to what has been lost over time but still reconstructing the cultural settings of many objects. The writing system known as cuneiform is illustrated. ‘Heroes, Gods, and Demons’ are depicted with the supernatural and divine realm directly influencing human existence. ‘Science and Scholarship’ are illustrated with many interesting aspects, including the ‘futurological” study of omens, sophisticated Babylonian astronomy and important innovations, such as, the horoscope, the division of the hour into minutes and the circle into degrees and the naming of multiple constellations. The central governments with powerful kings are addressed along with the corruption, criminals and conspirators. In addition, the ‘Daily Life’ of the ancient Mesopotamian people is addressed including the professions of both their men and women. This was definitely an exhibit worth seeing, being a good lesson in history and a nice walk back through time.
We then viewed the exhibit on the evolution of the Peabody Museum, which is quite interesting, and the very impressive California Gold exhibit, both on the first floor.

Permanent Exhibits:

Also on the first floor, we saw the displays on Machu Picchu and the ‘Teaching with the Collection’ exhibit with its nice collection of natural history objects collected over the years spanning many disciplines, which is always interesting.

We then went upstairs to the third floor to the Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space. We started in the David Friend Hall, a gallery in the far back room adjacent to the Hall of Minerals that focuses on minerals. The David Friend Hall has a very exquisite and impressive display of beautiful, spectacular, gemstones, minerals and jewelry. This was definitely worth seeing.

After that we proceeded into a gallery that was part of the Hall of Minerals that displays minerals with different characteristics, including by the ways that they were formed, their environments and origins, with detailed write-ups describing them. Included in this room is the geological history of Connecticut with its rocks and minerals, including the copper ore minerals of Bristol, as well as a large interactive map of Connecticut showing the roots of ancient volcanoes and earthquake faults. There are also interesting displays on radioactive minerals as well as gems and jewelry throughout the ages, including information on the history of gems at Yale. This gallery is very interesting.

We then went to the Earth, Space and Solar System exhibits, at the beginning of the Hall, which are quite informative. The processes that shape the earth, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and collisions with meteors are described. There are displays addressing the impact and classification of meteorites with information on Connecticut meteorites, including from the first recorded meteorite fall in the New World at Weston, Connecticut. In addition, there are pieces of Mars and Moon rock. The exhibits on geological and earth forces depict what causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The global interactions between the earth, its oceans and its atmosphere are illustrated depicting the factors that influence climate.

Finally we then went through multiple halls and galleries, including one with lifelike dioramas depicting various ecosystems, one entitled ‘Seeing Nature through Art’ with beautiful vibrant paintings, the Connecticut Hall of Birds, the Hall of Native Americans, a hall with plants, additional dioramas, and then to the ‘Daily Life in Ancient Egypt’ gallery. The Egyptian Collection addresses mummification in ancient Egypt as well as archaeology, with beads, figurines, statues and other artwork on display, which is all quite interesting. A very impressive mummy’s tomb with a well preserved mummy is also included in the exhibit.

As you can see, this museum has a real lot to offer. We enjoyed our visit to the museum, recommend it to others and would go back again before it closes on June 30, 2020 for renovations, if we have the opportunity
Written March 4, 2020
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Jennifer C
miami, florida48 contributions
Great Saturday!
Dec 2019 • Family
Loved the time spent at the museum! Varied collection of natural artifacts, dinosaurs, cultural items and gems. With lots of activities for the little ones as well.
Written December 28, 2019
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Charlotte, NC912 contributions
OK Museum - overpriced for the size
Nov 2019
I understand the museum is expanding, but in its current state, it is overpriced for what is offered. Hopefully in the future they do not raise the prices, but it is likely they would.
You can visit all of the exhibits in an hour or less. If you have children and do some of the interactive exhibits, it could take 2.
Largest exhibits are dinosaurs, animal specimens, and gemstones.
Written December 16, 2019
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Cheshire, CT8 contributions
Live nearby aways a great place for young & old
Sep 2019
If you have time visit now - dinosaur exhibit going through major renovation soon (for 3 years). Many other exhibits Native Indians, birds & mammals, and geology exhibits are amazing and hands on exhibit room for kids. Become a member for all the special lectures!
Written December 10, 2019
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Linda H
New Haven, CT15 contributions
Fascinating museum
Sep 2019
We spent about 1 1/2 hours wandering around the various exhibits. It was a fascinating experience. From fossils to contemporary creatures, flora, fauna and rocks/minerals are all represented here.
Written December 9, 2019
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Plainville, CT527 contributions
Great Exhibits HURRY & VISIT
Dec 2019
We visited the day after Thanksgiving. We did so because the FOSSILS HALL ( Dinosaurs & Mammals) closes 12/31/19 and the entire museum closes 7/1/20 for renovations. So HURRY!

The Peabody has 10 scientific collections and with a 6 yo out first stop was the dinosaur hall. The brontosaurus is fabulous. There are also a Camarasaurus, Stegosaurus, and Camptosaurus. Rudolph Zellinger’s THE AGE OF REPTILES mural is there. There are numerous other fossils and interactive displays with docents for kids of all ages.
The Hall of Mmammalian Evolution is fascinating and also has Zellinger’s AGE OF MAMAMALS mural.
The discovery room on the second floor is great for kids-leaf cutter ants, bearded dragons, poison dart frogs, hissing cockroaches, and walking sticks from Vietnam.
The third floor has the Birds of CT, Daily Life in Ancient Egypt, North American Dioramas, Southern New England dioramas and our favorite that day the Hall of Minerals, Earth and Space. Allow 1.5-3 hours per visit depending upon your kids’ ages. We were so busy in the exhibits we missed the gift shop.
Written December 7, 2019
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Jim D
Rogers, AR165 contributions
fun place to visit and learn
Nov 2019
Nice review of the history of man. Dinosaur collection was nice too. The rocks and minerals collection was the highlight. Worth spending 1-2 hours just taking it all in. I do recommend.
Written November 17, 2019
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San Francisco, CA219 contributions
Sep 2019
After visiting the National Museum in Washington, D.C., the Peabody is an amazing visit. The exhibits are well done and offer a great amount if knowledge man and animals. We recommend it highly for both children and adults.
Written November 11, 2019
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