Yale Peabody Museum Reopens, Inspiring Awe

Thanks to donors, the beloved museum has been reimagined for the 21st century with bright new galleries, expanded classroom space, and compelling exhibits accessible to all.

The Yale Peabody museum reopened to the public on March 26, 2024, after a major renovation—the first since opening at this location in 1925.

The museum’s transformation was made possible by a lead gift of $160 million from Edward P. Bass ’67, as well as generous contributions from Coleman P. Burke ’63 and numerous other donors. In addition to significant updates to the museum’s physical spaces, the Peabody is now free for all visitors, making it more accessible than ever before.

Among the first visitors on opening day were New Haven public school students. “I knew dinosaurs were big, but I didn’t know they were that big,” said fifth grader Sofi Robles. “I love it!”
Read more visitor reactions from opening day.

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