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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven

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Learn all about natural history in one of the oldest, largest, and most productive university museums in the world, Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History. Founded by the philanthropist George Peabody in 1866, the museum exhibits a huge variety of interesting objects. Visit the famed Great Hall of Dinosaurs, which displays its famous showpiece, a 34 m (110 ft) long mural entitled "The Age of Reptiles." See exhibits showing human and mammal evolution, as well as wildlife dioramas, Egyptian artifacts, and interesting examples of minerals. Bring the whole family, as the museum offers a wide array of activities for all ages. Add Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History to your New Haven travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our New Haven family vacation planner.
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  • Excellent display of fossils and dinosaur skeletons, I believe is the best for a university museum. The meteorites, rocks, semi precious and precious stones collection is awesome. I particularly enjoy...  more »
  • Awesome visit. The time I visited there was an Archaeopteryx and paleo-artists exhibition. The best part of the museum for me was the Diplodocus and T-rex replica. It's a must see. They also have a gr...  more »
  • My family wanted to see the museum and we had only a few hours. The exhibits were excellent with excellent teaching explanations. From dinosaurs through primates, development, evolution and how they w...  more »
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  • I vaguely remember visiting and loving the Peabody as a child. Brought my 2.5 year old here today and she had a blast. It also wasn't very busy so she got to run around from exhibit to exhibit and made a circuit of the great Hall at least three or four times. Nice little hands on area on the second floor that was a big hit with the toddler. It's a great sized museum to see if you just have a few hours. It was also nice she was still free, most museums start charging at age 2 but the Peabody doesn't until age 3. Great place to spend a morning or afternoon with young kids.
  • Yes, there are plenty of dinosaurs. But there is so much more to discover inside these walls: realistic dioramas; sparkling gems and mind-blowing rock forms in the newly-renovated Hall of Minerals; the Discovery Room with living insects and reptiles (safely behind glass) for the littlest explorers… There is a rather hefty admission fee, but check out the website for the many opportunities to enjoy free or reduced admission, including “pay as you wish” Thursday afternoons, special free days, and library passes for those who live in the area.
  • One of my favorite New Haven destinations. I love the New Minerals Hall, what an improvement. I wish they had more prehistoric insects models. I love this museum.
  • Great museum for families. New minerals hall is beautiful. Small enough to see it all in one full afternoon.
  • Full of history and remarkable fossils. Gems and mineral collection most incredible.

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