Yale University to Overhaul Peabody Museum

The renovation and expansion will be the facility's first update in nearly a century. All images courtesy Centerbrook Architects and Planners.

Yale University has announced plans to renovate and expand the Peabody Museum of Natural History on Science Hill—one of its oldest on-campus facilities. The announcement arrives following the $160 million donation from alumnus Edward P. Bass. A construction timeline has not yet been announced.

Image courtesy Centerbrook Architects and Planners.

Essex, Connecticut–based Centerbrook Architects and Planners will oversee the building’s first major update in 93 years. Plans call for the expansion of the facilities with 50 percent more exhibition space within the museum as well as improved storage for the extensive onsite collection. A large central gallery will be created along with a lower-level lobby and an interior courtyard, while a former loading dock will be transformed into a new entryway that is wrapped in glass and also references Peabody’s Gothic style through a modern lens. Additional spaces will include new classrooms, labs, and learning spaces.

Image courtesy Centerbrook Architects and Planners.

“Museum narratives should change at the same pace as our understanding of the world, which constantly evolves,” said Peabody Director and Frank R. Oastler Professor of Ecology David Skelly. “With funding provided by Ed Bass and other donors, we can renew the Peabody as a gateway for the sciences—one that is equipped physically and programmatically to operate at the very cutting edge of scientific research, teaching, and public education.”