Thursday, August 6, 2009

Yale Peabody Museum

Today we went to the Peabody Museum in New Haven. WOW!! It was really cool. They have stuff for all age groups, so everyone in your family will have fun. Isn't this entrance just gorgeous! I couldn't get the entire height of the building in the photograph. Make sure you look up at it.
This is going to be a long post, but there are lots of photos. There was just so much fun, cool stuff to see and I want to share as much as I can with you. I won't ruin all the surprises though, I know you will have loads of fun exploring for yourself.

You will be greeted by this giant triceratops outside. My sons, of course wanted to try and climb up on top.
When you go in the front entrance look will see this monster squid. Acutually, make sure you walk through the entire museum slowly and look everywhere. There are lots of treasures to see hanging from the ceiling and in every nook and cranny.
This was flying high above our heads!

The dinosaurs and prehistoric section was one of the kids' favorites.

They thought this giant tortoise was awesome.

Learning about dinosaurs. There were cool interactive programs all over the museum.

This bony dude is a Ground Sloth. If the picture will enlarge, you can see some patches on his back that still have some hair on them. The way he walks on his knuckles looks funny.

Okay, this guy is so tall. Thank goodness they are extinct!! Scary! And he's not even a carnivore.

This interactive globe had buttons you could press and it would light up the areas you were learning about.

There was an entire room for the kids with lots of hands on activites. These are poisonous dart frogs. There were lots of different colored ones in the exhibit. There was also a huge ant farm with tunnels going all around the room. There must have been millions of Ants in there.

The butterflies were one of my favorites.

Then we got to the minerals. These amethysts are unbelievable. These were a favorite of my kids.

They had most gems imaginable including a huge collection of diamonds, and these opals. I love opals, and these looked like they were glowing with fire inside each stone.
More opals. They are breathtaking!! Oh so beautiful.

Petrified wood.

This is Malachite, awesome green swirls. This one is from Cheshire, CT which is just up the street from us.
There is even an Egyptian section. Lots of cool stuff here. They even had a real mummy.

I like this Dodo bird. He looks prehistoric and it's hard to believe they lived until recently, relatively speaking.

There is an entire section of meteorites. This one is huge. Can you imagine this coming down near your house? It must be worth a fortune. They also have the first reported meteorite in North America. It came down in Weston, CT back in the 1800's.

Happily examining his gift shop buys. He got an excavating kit complete with stones hidden in a large clay tablet. We also got some geodes, I can't wait to get home so we can crack them open. Hopefully they have some treasures inside!
Visit their site here.
Admission and Hours

Monday - Saturday-10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday-noon to 5 p.m.
Admission Fees
$7.00 Adults
$6.00 Senior citizens 65 years and over
$5.00 Children ages 3 through 18College students with ID
$3.00 Group admission You have to call ahead for this, at least 2 days in advance.

The museum offers free individual admission on Thursday afternoons from 2:00 to 5:00 pm during the months of September to June. Groups of 8 or more require advance reservations.


  1. Rebecca, nice start on your blog! I enjoyed reading about your day trips, the pictures made me feel like I was there.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, it's to meet new bloggers and share travel stories.

  2. Great pictures!! I must say mine are sorely lacking in comparison!! We love going to the Peabody. My son can't get enough of the dinosaurs.

  3. we went here, too, about 2 years ago. very cool. dinner afterwards at friendly's -- so new england!

    have you been to dinosaur crossing/nature's art? quite dino-rific.