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!
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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See our tour of Yale University’s campus.
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