Press Releases


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.

Crane is Up!

Things are getting serious at the Peabody worksite. It took two other cranes to construct the one we’ll be using to build the Museum addition. You’ll be seeing a lot of it in the coming weeks as Turner Construction goes vertical with our renovation. First steel coming soon!

Fossil slab being removed on pallet jack

Last Specimen Leaving

The last specimen has left the Peabody galleries. The de-installation process began on December 7, 2019, with the removal of our Brontosaurus skull and culminated today with the fossil slab from David Friend Hall. It’s been a long 18 months and thousands of objects are now safely stored for the duration of construction. Congratulations and …

Preparators cleaning Xiphactinus

Fossil Fish Cleaning

Some things were just too big to leave the building. Bolted directly into our former Discovery Room, it took our friends at Research Casting International to get this trophy fish off the wall. Now we’re giving it a makeover! Preparators Christina Lutz and Cathy Lash have been meticulous cleaning all 15 feet of Xiphactinus audax …