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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Address: 121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917
Phone Number: +1 203-432-2977
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Always a wonderful visit.

I always enjoy to visit the Beinecke. The warm indoor light that seeps in through the marble makes for a tranquil environment.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I always enjoy to visit the Beinecke. The warm indoor light that seeps in through the marble makes for a tranquil environment.

Thank travelling5Illinois
Chesterfield, MO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Stunning library, great place to stop and visit for 30 minutes. The newly renovated Beinecke looks even better than before. Instead of hiding the rare books in some dark inaccessible dungeon, they are displayed in a large glass cube inside an incredible concrete and marble building. For best effect, go on a sunny day. The marble is thin enough that... More 

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East Devon, England
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

I loved this place in its entirety - great building, some beautiful books and, I am sure, terrific for academics who want to use it professionally. But, it really didn't cater for people who just want to visit and get a feel for the collection, its content and history. Worth visiting - but almost as a drive through on your... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Had my mother and step father in town over the weekend and decided to stop by. Impressive facility with no entrance fees. Gutenberg bible is really impressive as are all public exhibits. The manuscripts/exhibits are really detailed. You can spend 30 minutes in front of one case if you find it interesting. Probably not great if you have small kids... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This library has an extraordinary collection, reportedly nearly one million volumes. The current exhibits displays one of the Guttenberg Bibles, midieval manuscripts,and African American history and literature from the 18th century to the present day. That's just the tip of the iceberg! There is so much to see you could spend days here, or make return trips as many people... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

I cannot say enough positive things about the Beinecke. It is an unique resource among higher institutions. Firstly, its architecture. Designed by Gordon Bunshaft, the building itself is a treasure and worthwhile attraction. It is windowless with solid square of stone blocks that at various times of day/night have a translucent quality to them from inside viewing. The viewers feels... More 

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Las Vegas, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This library on the Yale campus houses rare books and manuscripts. From the exterior of the building (very 60's looking - unlike the other Yale buildings) you would not think to make the effort to enter. However, find the time to experience the light reflecting from the exterior marble squares from the interior of the structure. Also, there is always... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Part of Yale University, this library houses rare books and manuscripts. Unless you are a researcher, you are unlikely to see those rarities. You will see, however, some items that are displayed in the glass enclosures. But the main reason to walk into this library is to be amazed by its unusual architecture. Because it is a building within a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

As a professor of humanities and world religions - this place was amazing. They have two Gutenberg bibles as well as a multitude of other manuscripts and books. The building itself is pretty amazing as well - the "windows" in the sunlight are incredible. Also, viewing the bookshelves in their glass case is awesome. You don't need to stay long... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

The Beinecke Library at Yale is by far the most impressive library I have ever been to! This is more like a visit to a rare art museum. You are there to observe and appreciate the priceless treasures. The building itself is made of marble which lets in diffused light in order to protect the ancient books and manuscripts. At... More 

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