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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Address: 121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917
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Unusual library – an architectural gym

As you walk through the Yale campus you can't miss the Beinecke. If you catch it on a sunny day you will see the light coming through the marble panels as you stand inside. The... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
New Haven, Connecticut

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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As you walk through the Yale campus you can't miss the Beinecke. If you catch it on a sunny day you will see the light coming through the marble panels as you stand inside. The Gutenberg Bible is a must see. Special exhibits are usually A highlight.

Thank JKR4514
Elkton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2017

One of America's great collections!! Amazing to see Audubon's folio on display, as well as the Gutenberg bible. The protection for their rare book collection is amazing--I can only imagine being able to go in and cruise the stacks, looking at their collection!

Thank ghotai
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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268 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

I'd really enjoy going back and finding out more about this place. We saw a Gutenberg Bible and an original Audubon anthology. There was enough to see and experience for a short visit and if you could get a tour and check out the special exhibits then this place is a gem.

Thank Tom B
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Saturday tours provide nice introduction to the library's collection and building design. Special exhibits always serve to enhance the library's permanent offerings.

1 Thank Alexaliz
Denton, Texas
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

If you see nothing else in New Haven this should be it. I had no idea how impressive this place was going to be but glad I stumbled into this true gem. They are starting Afternoon tours so check the website for times.

Thank TravelingSpinsterTA
Boise, Idaho
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My friends took me to Beinecke as part of my Yale tour, and I was blown away. There was an exhibit about the Harlem Renaissance, which was absolutely fascinating. We wandered around for almost an hour and loved it. The fact that they have a Gutenberg Bible on display is amazing!

Thank aaa791
Monroe, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 February 2017

It's open till 5pm on Fridays. It's beautiful but the Yale Art Gallery and Sterling Library parts of campus look better in my opinion. It's free and open to the public to view which is nice. If you get caught in a fire there, you could die, because they suck all the air out of the building to save the... More 

Thank Karlpizza
Southport, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Really enjoyed time spent here. Saw the Audubon books and was impressed by the special ?glass? enclosed area for rare books.

Thank carjaymull
New Haven, Connecticut
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 February 2017

It is an amazing library. You get to see items that you know are real through history, but you can actually see things from the 12th century. These items make the past a reality. Deborah

Thank Deborah B
New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is Yale's rare book collection, not a big place, with a stunning interior, just renovated. Pop in to see a rare Gutenberg bible and the small special exhibit of the day. Pick a sunny day, when the inside of the thin marble walls glow with light, it's a remarkable effect.

Thank Steven B

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