The Yale Peabody Museum announced on 11/10/2021 that it will offer free admission in perpetuity once its galleries reopen in 2024, following the museum’s first major renovation in nearly a century.
The Peabody, which continues to operate many of its programs online, will join the Yale University Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art as free public admission museums.
“This has been part of the plan from the beginning and donors to the Peabody made this possible,” says David Skelly, the Peabody Museum director. “I am deeply grateful to all of them for their leadership in helping us realize a vision for the museum’s future.”
The Peabody has received a number of significant contributions from local and national donors through its continuing efforts to support public education and student programs, including a landmark $160 million gift in 2018 from Edward P. Bass ’68.
Founded in 1866, the Yale Peabody Museum is one of the world’s oldest and largest university museums of its kind. Home to over 14 million objects and specimens across 10 distinct collections, it preserves and displays more than four billion years of Earth and human history. It has long served as a gateway to science for the Greater New Haven community, hosting exhibitions and public programs that connect tens of thousands of visitors each year with the latest research occurring at Yale and around the world.