My Favorite School Field Trip Was to Yale’s Peabody Museum, What Was Yours?
Some of my favorite memories from my childhood here in Connecticut were the cool things that we used to be able to do in school: Field Trips. One field trip that I particularly loved, and most Connecticut kids have been lucky enough to take, is a visit to New Haven's Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.
It's one of the nation's oldest, largest and most extensive natural history museums, and it's dinosaur fossil collection alone is the stuff that children's dreams are made of.
One of my prize possessions of my childhood was a dinosaur bone that I bought from the Peabody. I went to Tinker School and Holy Cross High School in Waterbury and I took a field trip to the Peabody at both schools. What an incredible collection of fossils, precious metals and meteorites and natural wonders.
Unfortunately, the Peabody has temporarily closed to the public as it is now undergoing a massive renovation. Hopefully when this pandemic is over and field trips are once again possible, the museum will be ready for new, wide-eyed visitors.
I've been thinking about this topic for a couple of weeks, so I asked a few friends who grew up in different parts of Connecticut to tell me what their favorite school field trip was. Most of my friends who grew up along the Connecticut shoreline mentioned the Peabody, but also quite a few said Mystic Seaport and Aquarium. A few that live in Fairfield County were lucky enough to take field trips to The United Nations, the Hayden Planetarium, and the Bronx Zoo.
A few of my friends in the Hartford area got to go to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts, and also quite a few mentioned going to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in the Capital City.
My friend Mary who grew up in Rocky Hill got to go to the Boston Children's Museum, and take a duck boat tour around Boston Harbor. Where were you lucky enough to spend a day with your classmates?