Yale Places to Visit
Places to Visit
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts and is Yale’s principal repository for literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The Beinecke Library’s robust collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world.
For more information, visit the Beinecke’s website.
Cushing Center at the Yale School of Medicine
Named for Yale College graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing—regarded as the father of modern neurosurgery—the exhibits at the Cushing Center include more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, Cushing’s surgical illustrations, personal diaries, black and white patient photographs, memorabilia, as well as historical anatomical and medical materials. Cushing’s collection of over 15,000 volumes in science and medicine contains medical and scientific works ranging from 11th-century manuscripts through 19th-century monographs. The Cushing Center offers weekly tours of the collection that are open to the public.
For more information, visit the Cushing Center’s website.
Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium
The Leitner Observatory is a facility of the Yale Department of Astronomy, dedicated to education, public outreach, and student research. The planetarium is used to teach astronomy concepts to undergraduate classes, to support astronomy programs at the Peabody Museum of Natural History, and to present planetarium shows to the general public. The planetarium and observatory are open to the public every Tuesday night and Sunday afternoon.
For more information, visit the Leitner Observatory’s website.
Marsh Botanical Garden
Sitting on eight acres, with six greenhouses comprising around a third of an acre under glass, Marsh Botanical Garden provides support for researchers, faculty, and students at Yale, as well as an informative and eye-catching experience for visitors. Marsh offers weekly tours of the greenhouses that are free and open to the public.
For more information, visit the Marsh Botanical Garden website.
Yale Center for British Art
The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom in a landmark building designed by Louis Kahn. The YCBA has a rich array of exhibitions and educational programs, as well as fellowships and academic resources, including a reference library and study room for examining works on paper in the collection. The museum is open to the public and admission is free.
For more information, visit the Yale Center for British Art’s website.
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
From dinosaurs to diamonds, the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History presents four billion years of Earth’s history under one roof. Its diverse collection of 13 million objects includes Egyptian mummies, samurai swords, and animals and plants from across the world. Its paleontological collections in particular rank among the most historically important fossil collections in the world. Not only can these collections be accessed by visiting the museum, but the Peabody’s substantial online catalog makes digital images of more than 163,000 specimens, artifacts, and objects available to scholars and the public around the world.
For more information, visit the Peabody Museum’s website.
Yale University Art Gallery
The Yale University Art Gallery has more than 4,500 works of art on display from cultures all over the world. The 185,000 objects in its permanent collection range from American decorative arts and American painting to African art and art of the ancient Americas. In addition to its permanent collection, the gallery also has educational programs, special exhibitions, study rooms, and museum archives. The museum is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit the Yale University Art Gallery’s website.