Press Releases


Welding a Brontosaurus enormous tibia and fibula

Rebuilding dinosaurs

This week, the team at Research Casting International is busy working on our Brontosaurus and Stegosaurus specimens. We can’t wait to have these dinosaurs back in the Peabody’s Great Hall, and thanks to RCI’s talented staff they’re going to look better than ever. The first few photos feature blacksmith Nevin welding the Brontosaurus femur and …

Wall of glass

This three-story, glass curtain wall on the Peabody’s addition is nearly complete. Centerbrook’s architectural design invites significantly more light into the Museum. Drive by 170 Whitney Avenue and take a look at all the new windows. Where possible, exterior glass in the Peabody has been fritted to reduced the number of bird strikes.

New Peabody, new tower

If you’ve driven by the Museum lately, you may have noticed something popping up. Here are a few views of the newly constructed tower on the north end of the Peabody’s addition. In two short years, we’ll be welcoming visitors and students through this entrance off of Yale’s Science Hill, directly into the brand-new Central …

Making our mark

Staff, curators, and project partners were invited to sign their name, leave a message in cuneiform, and/or draw a dinosaur, on the final steel beam of the Peabody addition. The crew from Turner Construction and the Ironworkers of Local 424 teamed up to secure it in place. And though we probably won’t see it again, …

Wooden hawk, sun disk on head

Planning for the new Peabody galleries

The #YalePeabodyRenovation will increase the Museum’s gallery space significantly. And curators and collection managers are collaborating with hardworking members of our Exhibitions team to select the objects that will fill those spaces and determine how they should be presented. Talented conservators, designers, mount-makers, and museum assistants carefully analyze and discuss each object to determine how …

Bridge down, drywall up

A few recent milestones and updates: The elevated bridge that connected the Peabody to the Kline Geology Lab is being demolished to create space (and light!) for the new Peabody Courtyard. Turner Construction installed the first drywall in the renovated Museum. And they’re moving a whole lot of dirt to install a new elevator that …

Late Summer Construction Update

Turner Construction was kind enough to give us a walking tour of the site last week! They’ve completed construction on the new Peabody loading dock (photo 1) and have replaced the Great Hall dinosaurs with a field of scaffolding (photos 8 & 9). Progress is being made on the addition that will one day hold …

Office Demolition

The walls of the Museum staff offices are history. These spaces will be filled with new exhibitions, objects, and specimens when we reopen in early 2024.

Peabody Curators Stimulate Wonder through Science

Meet four Peabody curators redefining their fields and reimagining the Museum during the renovation. Read the YaleNews feature about their research and impact on the new Peabody at the following link: https://news.yale.edu/2021/07/19/peabody-curators-stimulate-wonder-through-science From L to R: Pincelli Hull, Erika Edwards, Martha Muñoz, and Jessica Thompson “These are outstanding scholars,” said Peabody Director David Skelly. “Each …

Portraits of Steel

Turner Construction let us on the worksite to get acquainted with the beams and columns that’ll be supporting the new Peabody addition. These won’t be visible when we reopen, so we thought everyone might appreciate seeing them before they’re covered up.