Peabody Museum Construction Underway

Construction is underway for the first comprehensive renovation of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History since its construction in 1926. With its disassembled dinosaurs in Canada for cleaning and remounting, and its prized dioramas sheathed for safekeeping, the Peabody will reopen in 2023 transformed as a 21st Century museum for celebrating and understanding our planet.

Centerbrook’s design creates a host of new educational spaces for Yale undergraduates who will be greeted by a new campus-facing glass entry tower that compliments the restored public entry at the other end of the building. The Peabody will have 50 percent more exhibition space, increased collection storage and research labs, classrooms for Yale courses, an education center, and a dramatic new 3-story central gallery for lectures, exhibits, and socializing.

Our work at the Peabody began in 2004 with a feasibility study and evolved through two master plans into a design whose primary goals are to increase university student engagement, expand collections-based teaching, increase exhibit space, accommodate more collections and research facilities, and create a complex dedicated to K-12 student learning.


Orchestrating the complex phasing of the renovations and new construction is Turner Construction, who also restored the famed Yale Center for British Art designed by Louis Kahn. Dynamic new exhibits designed by Reich & Petch will showcase varied themes with modular cases and graphic systems to dramatize the constant evolution of science.

When it reopens, visitors and students alike will enjoy many new social spaces inside and outside, making it all the more appealing as the region’s home of science. And they will also enjoy plenty of dinosaurs.

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