One of the world’s treasured museums is celebrating its 150th anniversary on Thursday.
The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History will kick off the festivities with a major exhibition called “Treasures of the Peabody,” which will run through Jan. 8.
Generations of families and scientists have explored the museum’s vast inventory of collections for 150 years.
"What we're proud of is that we're one of the largest natural history museums, and we continue to put people on the ground doing all kinds of wonderful research,” said David Skelly, director of the Peabody Museum.
The Peabody is home to 13 million objects, which is why the exhibit will run through Jan. 8 so it can display a lot of the materials, including a giant brontosaurus.
"I used to love seeing the giant turtle, it’s like my favorite attraction here,” said Stephanie Kishore, of Meriden.
Anyone who was born in Connecticut and went to school in the state most likely took a field trip to the museum.
Plus, Michael Crichton got his inspiration for Jurassic Park at the Peabody Museum. There is even a full-scale velociraptor from Director Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster movie.
"One of the things we're very excited to do this year is we're going to start offering more regularly scheduled tours of the backside of the museum so people can see that,” Skelly said.
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