Places to Visit
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library inspires engagement with the past, in the present, for the future. One of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, it is Yale University’s principal repository of literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books. The exhibition hall is free and open to the public daily, with the Gutenberg Bible and Audubon’s Birds of America on permanent view along with special exhibitions. The Beinecke Library’s collections are used to create new scholarship by researchers from around the world in a wide range of fields, from literary and cultural studies to the history of science, music, theater, and art; the history of the book, of photography, graphic design, and architecture; as well as social, intellectual, and political history. The collections are particularly strong in Medieval, Renaissance, and eighteenth- century Europe; American literature; Western Americana; nineteenth-century imperialism; African American culture; British literature; gay, lesbian, and transgender studies; transatlantic Modernism; postwar counterculture; and contemporary American poetry.
For more information, visit the Beinecke’s 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 University Art Gallery
The Yale University Art Gallery has more than 4,000 works of art on view from cultures all over the world. The more than 200,000 objects in its permanent collection range from American decorative arts and American paintings and sculpture to African art and art of the ancient Americas. In addition to its permanent collection, the gallery also has 21 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.
Yale University Library Digital Humanities Lab
Yale University Library Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab) offers cutting-edge research and teaching in the humanities. During the school year, Pathways students are invited to the DHLab for hands-on workshops to explore the many uses of digital humanities, including Story Maps—open source software used to combine maps with text, images, and content to create unique ways of sharing information.