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“Amazing”

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Ranked #2 of 63 things to do in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 17 July 2014

The resources students have at Yale are amazing. The coolest thing was that the walls of the building are made of marble but when you go inside you see that the marble slabs have been sliced so thin that they actually allow a significant amount of light to shine through them.

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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Beautiful building from the outside and inside. A bookworms must see. Several of the displays made me "oooh and aaah". Not all of our party was as into it as a few of us were, but they knew that before they went.

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Reviewed 10 June 2014

Not really a tourist destination as much as it is a working research institution (and, occasionally, a concert hall—my wife's performed there before as part of a choral group), the Beinecke nevertheless has a rotating set of book-themed museum exhibits for people to check out.

When we went there most recently (May 2014), they had an exhibition on "end papers"—that is, those little pieces of paper they paste to the inside covers of books to keep them protected from wear and tear. It was possibly the nerdiest thing we've ever visited, and I mean that in a good way. Besides that be sure to notice the architecture; the building uses unique papered wall paneling to protect its (very, very old) books from getting too much sun exposure, and they cast beautiful shadows all over the walls. Visit on a sunny day if you can.

No gift shop (I mean, what are they gonna sell?), but it's free to visit and won't take up too much of your time. And hey—when else are you going to get a chance to take a selfie with a Gutenberg Bible?

3  Thank chairduck
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

It was great to see all of these books displayed in this modern building. The couple of things that were on display were great to see. Would like of seen more information on what they hold inside. Guards not too helpful.

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Reviewed 9 May 2014

The Beinecke Library is a gem or, perhaps I should say, a jewel box. This is not a place to bring children (go to the Peabody Museum and look at the dinosaurs instead) but is an extraordinary setting for rare books and manuscripts, with regular fascinating exhibitions and, always on view, a Gutenberg bible. When the sun shines through the marble panels, the effect is unique and, as Michelin guides would say, "vaut le détour" (= is worth the trip).

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