We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Review Highlights
One of our national treasures.

I wondered what this Bunker like building was, and during the tour of the Yale University campus I... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Brooklyn, NY
Nice place, impressive

The library is really worth visiting. they have very old books, The building is very nice and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Luis R
Read all 231 reviews
All photos (126)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent84%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“sunny day”(29 reviews)
“on display”(28 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
See all hours
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917
+1 203-432-2977
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around New Haven
from US$25.00
More Info
from US$22.99
More Info
Reviews (231)
Filter reviews
205 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews sunny day translucent marble on display light coming book lovers climate controlled vermont marble glass tower ancient books exterior walls permanent exhibition awe inspiring beautiful building architectural wonder treasure house original drawings take your breath away
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 205 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I wondered what this Bunker like building was, and during the tour of the Yale University campus I found out. You really must take the tour to benefit from the explanation given about the Library.

Thank bklynbubba
Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is really worth visiting. they have very old books, The building is very nice and impressive that is supported by 4 points.

Thank Luis R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yale's Benineke Library is free to enter. It is recently refurbished. I Highly recommend to visit it, especially on a sunny day. To protect the rare books, including a Gutenberg Bible and a wonderful large folio of Audobon's bird paintings, the walls are inch thick...More

1  Thank mike l
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This library is incredible. No other like it. Worth all the time you can spend exploring it!!!! The collection is immense.

Thank Tigergram
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The library is a 1960s addition by Gordon Bunshaft to the often neo-gothic and sometimes neo-Romanesque look of Yale University buildings. it has a windowless facade with large marble plaques. From the outside the marble looks pleasant and creamy. I first thought it might be...More

1  Thank Nina S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

.. Both inside and out. Only needs a few minutes of your time. It is a repository for ancient books and old manuscripts. The Gutenberg bible from the 15th century is on display. What's amazing is the fine marble in the structure which prevents excessive...More

2  Thank Lin D
Reviewed 11 September 2018

The Beinecke was daringly modern when it was built in the late 1960s (I think that's when it was - I was a Yale graduate student at the time and I remember how beautiful I found the extraordinary building and its setting.) The building has...More

Thank Elizabeth M
Reviewed 10 September 2018

This museum features at least some, if not all, of the Visconti tarot cards, as well as the Vinland Map and Tartar Relation. Also many other unique and extremely rare books/manuscripts for the serious researcher. You can look up titles on Orbis, the Yale University...More

Thank auntiearwen
Reviewed 4 September 2018

Beinecke is a world-class rare book and manuscript library on the campus of Yale University. It contains archival materials and collections used by researchers. On permanent display is a Gutenberg Bible, worth a trip in and of itself. Check the schedule for events such as...More

Thank clr2015
Reviewed 28 August 2018

This is a truly amazing and inspiring place. The collection of rare books is extensive. Well worth a visit.

Thank SimoneBluefox
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 12 nearby hotels
Duncan Hotel
106 reviews
.51 km away
Courtyard New Haven at Yale
243 reviews
.53 km away
The Study at Yale
835 reviews
.55 km away
Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale
1,694 reviews
.71 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 613 nearby restaurants
Tarry Lodge
210 reviews
.35 km away
Ashley's Ice Cream Cafe
45 reviews
.18 km away
Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant
82 reviews
.18 km away
Maison Mathis
74 reviews
.29 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 89 nearby attractions
Yale University Art Gallery
857 reviews
.48 km away
Yale University
721 reviews
.38 km away
Yale Center for British Art
321 reviews
.51 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Anne T
2 January 2018|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from Timothy P | Reviewed this property |
If you want to visit there is call 203-432-2300, that is the Yale visitor information center. They can provide you the best information to visiting the library. The group tour is Saturday at 130 pm, but you can go in and... More