Recognized as one of the oldest (and largest) natural history museums in the world, Yale’s Peabody Museum is home to an impressive collection of dinosaurs, as well as permanent exhibits that showcase human evolution, Egyptian history, Native American artwork and a wide array of birds and mammals. Several labs and learning stations are connected to the building, which has been at its current location since 1925.
Visitors say the vast museum is the perfect place to spend a rainy afternoon, or enjoy a hands-on learning experience with kids. And while the paleontology halls are truly remarkable, travelers agree the Mayan exhibits and life-size dioramas are pretty spectacular as well.
The museum is located at 11 Divinity Avenue and open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., as well as Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $13 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and $6 for children. Visitors who want to insure access to all galleries should visit after 1 p.m. on weekdays, since some halls are closed due to school visits on weekday mornings.