Our visit to the Peabody Museum

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A few times a year we venture down to New Haven for a trip to Yale’s Peabody Natural History Museum and since the Joey starts summer school and Leah & Aiden are off to camp next week, I decided yesterday was the perfect day to go! And since I discovered that one of my best friends had never been there before, we brought her along for the ride!

Joey really wasn’t in much of a photogenic mood but I still managed to snap some photos of the fun we all had.

As we were walking up to the  building, Aiden decided to try to walk in the dinosaur’s footsteps…

“Mom! It’s T-Rex!”

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The Famous Hall of Dinosaurs!

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Joey admiring the Velociraptor model

Aiden and Leah’s best Dodo bird impression

“Mommy, look at me, I’m a mummy just like this one!”

For those of you not from Connecticut who are wondering where/what the Peabody Museum is, it’s down on the shore in New Haven. It’s part of Yale University and houses many of their best artifacts. It’s one of the oldest natural history museums in the world! One claim to fame is the character Mr. Burns from the Simpsons went to Yale and a reference about the Peabody Museum is made in an episode!

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source: The Simpsons, edisode “Burns, Baby Burns”

This year is the 150 year anniversary of the museum. The Peabody is three stories tall, there’s a small elevator for those of you with strollers or wheelchairs. On the second floor, there’s a discovery room for smaller children although due to it being a smaller room, no strollers are allowed in that room. Unfortunately, there’s no cafeteria or eating area so feed your kiddos before you go or, the wonderful thing about New Haven is, there’s so many amazing places to eat! I have to suggest, if you’re family likes pizza, try out Pepe’s Pizza and for dessert Libby’s Italian Pastry Shop both on Wooster Street!

If you’re in Connecticut or planning on visiting Connecticut, it’s totally worth the trip! There are so many amazing things to see, every time we go, I see something new and exciting!  It’s one of those museums you can visit over and over again and it will never get old.

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