Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Avenue
PO Box 208118
New Haven, CT 06520-8118
(203) 432-5050 Recording -- (203) 432-3775 Groups

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Yale University's Peabody Museum of Natural History celebrates the work of Othniel Charles Marsh, nephew of international financier George Peabody. Between 1870 and 1873 Marsh led four expeditions of Yale students into the American West in search of fossils. His most famous discoveries include fossils of Stegosaurus, Triceratops, and Apatosaurus -- dinosaurs all named by Marsh. The original skeletal fossil of Apatosaurus (known to most of us as Brontosaurus) can be seen today in the Great Hall of Dinosaurs. It is in fact one of the most complete dinosaur skeletons of its kind ever found.

Archaeopteryx, a small reptile- bird-like animal; a young Camarasaurus; the popular Stegosaurus; and Deinonychus (Michael Crichton's Velociraptor) are among the dinosaurs that visitors can enjoy in the Great Hall on the first floor. The Great Hall is also home to a magnificent 110-foot-long mural, The Age of Reptiles, created by Rudolph R. Zallinger. A product of seven thousand hours and five years of work, the painting is one of the world's largest, scientifically accurate, natural history murals. Other permanent exhibits feature a variety of animals, extinct and current, as well the cultures of Pacific, Native American, and South American peoples.

The second floor displays meteorites, special exhibits, and features a Discovery Room that children and adults are sure to love. The third floor highlights Connecticut Birds, Southern New England Natural History, Minerals and Rocks, and Indians of Connecticut. Then there are Peabody's famous North American Dioramas

Visitors will want to return to the Peabody Museum again and again for the changing exhibitions and great special events. As of this writing Fragments of the Sky: The Art of Amazonian Rites of Passage demonstrates the art and depth of the inhabitants of the Amazonian Rain Forest through displays of headddresses and body ornaments, spirit-body masks, ritual costumes, bowls, weapons, and other objects. Another current exhibition, Egypt: Antiquities From Above, features 52 spectacular aerial images that reveal the traces of human activity on the North African landscape.

Throughout the year families can enjoy many special events and activities, including field trips, lectures and workshops, family theater, and more. Call for a current calendar.

School Groups will find a special treat in store for them here through a variety of activities and programs. Call for details.

Hours: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm. Sunday Noon - 5pm. Closed December 24 & 25, New Years Day, Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving.
Adults $9.00 Children 3 - 15 $5.00
Seniors (65+) $8.00 Students $5.00
Groups: Groups with written reservation confirmation $4.00 per person. Guided Tour may cost additional - visit the official website linked above or call for details.
Group Reservations: At least 2 days in advance.
Lunch: Local restaurants.
Handicapped Access: Accessible.
Directions: I-91 to Exit 3. Go straight to Whitney Avenue and turn right. The Museum is at #170. 90 - 120 minutes from the George Washington Bridge.

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