A Day With Dinosaurs

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The Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven, CT

Within our first year of dating, Dan and I managed to visit all the museums within a 25-mile radius of our hometown. Let’s just say we were eager to spend time with each other and there weren’t too many museums around anyways.

Now that we have moved just a tad farther from home, there was a whole new region of museums that we hadn’t tapped yet, so last weekend, we decided to visit the Peabody Museum of Natural History owned by Yale University. As cited from Wikipedia, “the Peabody Museum is among the oldest, largest, and most prolific university natural history museums in the world” . . . sounds promising enough!

The museum is conveniently located right on Yale’s campus at the corner of Whitney Avenue and Sachem Street. Since I was considered part of Yale faculty, my ticket was free. Meanwhile, Dan scored a sweet discount with his student ID.

Just above the ticket booth was a ginormous squid and a few steps into the museum were huge dinosaurs on display. We saw children running freely and an interactive “discovery” room where they could touch creepy crawlies, so we plan to invite our nieces, Madison and Emma along with us next time.

To summarize, the 1st floor focused on ancient birds, dinosaurs and fossils. Meanwhile, the 2nd floor focused on the cast of Ice Age (like wooly mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and ground sloths). Our favorite exhibits were on the 3rd floor: the Hall of Gems and Connecticut Birds. Overall, the Peabody Museum had the coolest stuff throughout and we spent about 1 – 2 hours here!

 

Picking from the menu Dan and our crepes in New Haven, CT

Selfie in a french restaurant
Antique french tin

Our Lunch Date and Outfit Details

Afterwards, we went out to a nearby french café (Crepes Choupette) for crepes, which inspired me to wear my new little pink scarf from J.Crew. Well, technically it’s a bandana, but it’s more affordable than J.Crew’s silk scarf collection and does the job. Anyways, I paired the bandana scarf with 8-9mm pearl earrings, my Ralph Lauren sweater and Sperry shoes in Linen/Oat. Dan wore this shirt and these shorts.

The best time to visit for crepes is the morning or early afternoon. We arrived for a late lunch at 4:15pm and luckily got a table, but noticed everyone who arrived after us had to order their crepes to go because the shop was closing at 5pm. By the way, our crepes are darker in color than your typical crepe because it is made out of buckwheat, which is 100% gluten-free!

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69 Comments

    • June 8, 2017 / 11:58 am

      Definitely! We had a great time.

  1. June 5, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    What an interesting museum! Jesse and I would definitely love to visit.

    • June 8, 2017 / 11:59 am

      Well, if you’re ever in the area!

  2. June 5, 2017 / 1:56 pm

    My favorites are usually science museums because I’m a huge STEM advocate and getting kids excited about science is awesome – there is always new stuff for adults to learn as well. I love how they usually make them very hands-on for learning as well. The one in Minneapolis is amazing!

    One of my other favorite museums was the Museum of Musical Instruments in Phoenix. It’s gigantic and they have instruments in different rooms by region and a display for almost every country!

    -Rachel

    • June 8, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Oh totally, I think science museums are super fun because they’re usually hands-on! And I’m really a kid at heart, haha. Musical Instruments would be the coolest thing to learn about. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 8, 2017 / 12:04 pm

      Same here, crepes were the best way to end our afternoon!

    • June 8, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Surprisingly, I haven’t seen the American Museum of Natural History in NYC and I only live 2-3 hours away! But maybe I’ll make it a point to visit during the summer. Thanks for sharing!

    • June 8, 2017 / 12:21 pm

      Thanks Annabelle!

  3. June 5, 2017 / 2:54 pm

    I love visiting Natural History museums. I used to go to the one in DC. There’s always something for everyone. And who doesn’t love looking at dinosaur skeletons?

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

    • June 8, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      Dinosaur bones are the coolest!

  4. June 5, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Growing up I wanted to be a paleontologist, so Im really into dinosaurs! Loved these pics 🙂
    xoxo

    Ileana

    Novelstyle Blog

    • June 8, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      That is such a cool profession to aspire to!

    • June 9, 2017 / 12:14 am

      Definitely, thanks Paola!

  5. June 5, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    I would definitely love to visit this museum some day! We have a natural history museum by USC but I’ve only been once. You are totally rockin’ that pink scarf by the way, girl!

    cabin twenty-four

    • June 9, 2017 / 12:16 am

      Thanks for noticing the scarf, hehe. And I’d be interested in seeing the natural history museum by you!

  6. June 6, 2017 / 6:05 am

    Love that I’ve come across your blog! The hubby and I are always high school sweethearts, now married 4 years and have been together for a total of 12 years <3. You and your fiancé are so cute! The Museum of Natural history looks like a blast. I visited a similar one in Alberta when I Was younger.

    xoxo
    Rina Samantha
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    • June 9, 2017 / 12:16 am

      Aw that is an adorable story, thank you for sharing! Museums are a fun way to pass time.

  7. June 6, 2017 / 6:52 am

    I’m impressed that you guys were able to check out all the museums in your hometown. This museum sounds really neat especially since it is one of the oldest.And that French cafe looks really cute!!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:08 am

      We had a lot of time on our hands, haha. Thanks for reading, Rach!

  8. June 6, 2017 / 8:19 am

    I love to explore museums and this one sounds fantastic! Glad you two had a fun day together!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:08 am

      Thanks, we definitely did!

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Of course! Thanks Laura.

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:11 am

      Definitely, I’d recommend it for all types of people!

  9. June 6, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I love seeing the dinosaur exhibits at The Museum of Natural History here in NY, it is just so fascinating. I would so love to get up to Connecticut this summer. Seems like a nice place to live. Love your photos.

    Allie of
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    • June 10, 2017 / 11:23 am

      Thanks Allie! And I recommend visiting during the fall! 🙂

  10. June 6, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Wow this looks the most amazing place! I love your captures, ahhh those crystals and your outfit is so beautiful too, such a cute date idea! 😀 xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:28 am

      Thank you so much Elizabeth!

  11. June 6, 2017 / 10:12 pm

    Love that you’ve kept up your museum-hopping tradition!! It looks like you had a great time, and these photos are adorable. 🙂 I visited this museum so long ago and definitely have to go back!

    Best,
    Christina
    Looks by Lau

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:29 am

      Thanks Christina! That’s so cool that you’ve visited before!

  12. June 6, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    It’s cute to hear that you both visited every museum when you started dating. I like the name of the museum XD. It’s pretty cool that you both got in without needing to pay full price! That’s the way to go ;). I always enjoy looking at the fossils because it has some neat history and preservation going on. The crepes you both got looks delish! You look great with the bandana styled as a scarf!

    I haven’t visited a museum for a long time but feel like I should in the near future!

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:26 pm

      We love walking around museums. It’s a super fun activity. And hell yeah, we love discounts! Thanks for reading, Nancy. Hope you get to visit a museum sometime this summer!

  13. June 7, 2017 / 1:55 pm

    how can you say no to a day of dinosaurs? I love historical museums for the most part…

    joy @ The Joyous Living

    • June 10, 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Yeah! Our favorite museums are the ones with animals, like these dinos.

  14. Amy
    June 7, 2017 / 2:13 pm

    So neat that you made a point to visit all the museums! This one looks very cool.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • June 12, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks, Amy Ann. Hope you get a chance to visit a local museum soon!

  15. June 7, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    YAY I love dinos! My dad always worked around them so they have a special place in my heart. My fave type of museum by far! Looks like you had such a great trip!

    Chelsea
    Chow Down USA
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    • June 10, 2017 / 11:45 am

      Dinosaurs are so cool! Your dad must’ve had an awesome job!

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:44 am

      You definitely should! It was a change in pace for us.

  16. June 7, 2017 / 8:38 pm

    Looks like you two had a lot of fun! Those books look so real haha. Cute neck scarf too. 🙂

    Hannah
    hannahcochranphoto.com

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Hehe thanks Shakira!

  17. June 8, 2017 / 1:22 pm

    Oh, wow. I love museums!
    So much so that I work in a Science Museum and the dinosaurs are my favorite!!! I started off part time as a Birthday Party Coordinator for the museum and then after 3 years got promoted after graduating college as a copywriter. So now I get to come here every day!
    I love hearing about other people’s museum visits, and about different museums in general. Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to visit other states, let alone other museums. I hope to change that soon. 🙂
    Such a cute date post!

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:36 am

      Wow your job sounds amazing! Hope you get a chance to visit other museums soon, since you have such passion for them!

    • June 10, 2017 / 11:33 am

      Very true, we learned so much!

  18. June 10, 2017 / 8:14 pm

    This sounds like such a great day! You have such lovely pictures from your trip!

    I write Mademoiselle Meets Maquillage and Macaroons and I would love for you to give it a read, maybe we can follow each other’s blogs and social media?

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  19. June 11, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    Looks like a great day out! I would have enjoyed a visit to this museum too.

    ANOUK

    • June 20, 2017 / 1:21 pm

      Definitely, museums are always fun!

  20. Micaela
    June 13, 2017 / 2:01 pm

    I love that you two visited all the museums in your area when you first started dating! Such a cute anecdote, and a great idea for simple bucket lists to do in your hometown. Didn’t we once visit the Peabody Museum in elementary school? I remember loving the dino museums when we were young! I also loved how you styled that scarf and sweater– I’ll have to try it sometime!

    • June 20, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      Oh maybe we did visit the Peabody Museum… It sounded really familiar, but I doubt I had paid any attention in elementary school like I would now! And thanks Micaela! The scarf was surprisingly warm after a while, so it’d probably be perfect for outside walks around the city!

  21. June 15, 2017 / 7:31 am

    I can never pull off a neck scarf like you did!

    • June 20, 2017 / 1:24 pm

      I’m flattered that you thought I pulled it off well 🙂 You definitely could too! I wore neutrals to be safe.

  22. June 16, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    I’m OBSESSED with dinosaurs. This sounds like the best date ever! We have the La Brea Tar Pits in LA and they have the skeletons of all these wooly mammoths and giants sloths that fell into the tar pits around the area. Definitely a must-see if you like natural history museums!

    COLLEENWELSCH.COM

    • June 20, 2017 / 1:29 pm

      AWW I would love to see the wooly mammoths and giant sloths in LA! Googling this place right now!

  23. June 21, 2017 / 12:37 am

    I live in a small town too and honestly, we don’t have museums here. However, we have to go on a 4hours roadtrip to visit one, haha. I think, it’s worth it? I’d love to visit this museum because that Hall of Gems captured my heart. Thanks for sharing this and I hope you too will stay stronger together.

    Love, Fads
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    • June 21, 2017 / 2:46 pm

      Thanks for your note, Fads! Wow, 4 hours would be really far for just one museum, but perhaps you can plan a whole trip to see other things there too!

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