Places to Visit
Cushing Center at the Yale School of Medicine
Named in honor of the father of modern neurosurgery, Yale graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing, this exhibit includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, surgical illustrations, personal diaries, photographs, and memorabilia. Cushing’s collection of more than 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 and is 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. 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.
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Marsh Botanical Garden
Sitting on eight acres, with six greenhouses that make up around a third of an acre under glass, Marsh Botanical Garden offers support for researchers, faculty, and students at Yale, as well as an informative and eye-catching experience for visitors. Marsh Botanical Garden also hosts the monthly “Green Café.”
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. It houses a diverse collection of 13 million objects that includes Egyptian mummies, samurai swords, and animals and plants from across the world. The museum’s paleontological collections 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.
Established in 2003, the Yale Farm is a lush and productive teaching farm that produces hundreds of varieties of vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, as well as providing a home to free-ranging chicken flocks and honey bees. It provides a place where students, faculty, staff, and New Haven community members can come together to learn about sustainability and the connection between land and food. The farm hosts workshops, seminars, volunteer workdays, and tours for local schools.