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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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Address: 121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511
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09:00 - 19:00
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Nice Library

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Monroe, Connecticut

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Monroe, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

Step inside the Mecca of Knowledge. The way they store and display the rare books in the center of the building is fascinating. Protected by the low light seeping in from translucent marble , the entire space has an elegant aura. Love the temporary exhibits that pull From their vast collection. Currently focused on the Harlem Renaissance, it is a... More 

Thank creativecrew
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

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 

Thank jjctraveler
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 

Thank Henry K
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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 

Thank scot f
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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