The Birds of Connecticut Hall at Yale’s Peabody Museum

September 5, 2016 § Leave a comment

Yale's Peabody Museum pic

Yale’s Peabody Museum
Image: peabody.yale.edu

Early during the lengthy academic career of Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin, he served as a Research Associate at Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History under the renowned archaeologist Dr. Irving “Ben” Rouse. Dr. Rouse also served on the doctoral committee for Dr. R. Christopher Goodwin. The missions of the museum include the advancement of research efforts and communication of anthropological, biological, and geological knowledge to a public audience.

The Yale Peabody Museum is one of the older museums in the United States, and started as a collection of assorted “natural curiosities” on the campus in the 18th century. Today, the museum houses approximately 13 million artifacts and specimens in multiple buildings.

One of the permanent exhibits at the Peabody Museum is the Birds of Connecticut Hall. There are 722 mounted specimens in this exhibit, with an emphasis on birds native to Connecticut. There also are separate displays that explore plumage, hybridization, and other topics related to the birds. The exhibit took five years to construct and has been open to the public since 1972. The Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5:00 p.m.

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