Yale Places to Visit

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

  • 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. 

    For more information, click HERE.  

  • 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.


  • 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 Farm

    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.


  • 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.

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