Out of the all of the things
to do in Connecticut, visiting museums is surely an
all time favorite. Many museums
in Connecticut offer guests the chance to explore
science, learn more about art and culture, and explore
the rich history of Connecticut.
In fact, you could spend several days visiting Connecticut
Museums. One day you could learn about great artists
of the 18th century at the Wadsworth
Atheneum, and the next day you could be learning about
the life of Mark Twain at the Mark
Twain House and Museum in Hartford.
The Peabody Museum of Natural History, located in New
Haven, is a part of Yale University. It is one
of the Connecticut museums where you will learn about
science through a complete collection of both permanent
and temporary exhibits, as well as museum programs, events,
Permanent exhibits on the first floor of the Peabody
Museum include “Fossil Fragments: The Riddle of
Human Origins,” the “Hall of Native American
Cultures,” and the “Hall of Mammalian Evolution.”
Visitors to the Peabody Museum of Natural History can
compare their footprints with a replica of footprints
preserved in volcanic ash from 3.7 million years ago.
Stone tools, skulls, and other fossils that were used
by early humans are displayed on the Peabody Museum’s
Venturing up to the second floor, you would find a life-sized bronze sculpture of the dinosaur Torosaurus latus. The sculpture, weighing over 7000 pounds, was made by the Connecticut museums team of paleontologists, zoologists, and other scientists who strived to make the sculpture as accurate as possible. The base of the sculpture is made out of the same kind of granite that was used for the statue of liberty.
The permanent exhibits on the third floor include “Daily
life in Ancient Egypt,” which documents Egyptian
civilization through the years, as well as the “Mineral
Hall,” “North American Dioramas,” “Birds
of Connecticut,” and the “Hall of Minerals,
Earth and Space.” Many visitors are amazed
when they learn about how many species of birds are native
to Connecticut. In addition to these permanent collections,
there are also spaces in the museum devoted to “traveling
exhibits” that only reside in the museum for a limited
period of time. These kinds of exhibits are usually
designed by developers at other world-renowned museums
such as the Smithsonian.
The museum isn’t just about exhibitions. They are devoted to educating adults and youth by offering an array of summer and day camps, after school programs, and lectures for people of all ages. On your next trip to New Haven, plan to spend a day learning about the natures of the earth by visiting the Peabody Museum of Natural History. They are open all year on both weekends and weekdays. It is best to call the museum or check their website to find out more about special exhibits, events, and lectures. No matter what time of year you decide to visit the Peabody Museum, it is practically guaranteed that you won’t be disappointed.