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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917
+1 203-432-2977
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An architectural marvel

Of all the Yale-related places to visit — this is my favorite. I love the architecture and... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
2blevine
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New York City, New York
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Beinecke Rare Books

Historic books and manuscripts in a stunning building. Security over access to materials is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
davidfwest
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New Haven, Connecticut
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121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Of all the Yale-related places to visit — this is my favorite. I love the architecture and especially the “windows” composed of Vermont marble and granite. Besides looking esthetically pleasing (especially from the inside), they filter the UV rays while letting in natural light, which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Historic books and manuscripts in a stunning building. Security over access to materials is strongly enforced.

Thank davidfwest
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Reviewed 1 week ago

While I grew up outside New Haven and have spent many days passing this landmark structure, last May was the first time I actually went inside. I only had 20 minutes before it closed at 5 pm so I raced around the square display area...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Library had some very old books and manuscripts to many for me to mention here, however they have on display a rare Gutenberg Bible which I had heard about and I did get to view it . If you are in New Haven stop...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can't get in unless you're on a Yale tour but if you can, you should go to this phenomenal collection. The marble "windows" blew my mind. 1.5 inches thick and still allowing in enough natural light to offer a soft glow. What a treasure.

Thank joopca
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Beautiful building from the marble walls and the climate controlled rare book storage.Seeing the first printed Bible and knowing these rare books will be preserved.

Thank Dan P
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Reviewed 11 July 2018

The architecture doesn't fit into the Yale Buildings, but it's beautiful in it's own right. I was a little surprised to round the corner and see this giant marble building, very modern and a little out of place in my opinion. Once inside thought, WOW....More

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Reviewed 9 July 2018

Nice cool place to visit on a summer day. Always an exhibit of interest. No more than an hour or so to visit. A Gutenberg bible is usually on display, one of only 49 left, 11 in the US.

Thank Kurt M
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Reviewed 9 July 2018

A magnet for lovers of books & manuscripts, the Beineke Library is known world wide for its research collections. Without being a reader, one can still enter and view the permanent display of the Gutenberg Bible, the first printed work in the West, the Audubon...More

Thank Robert C
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

I recently visited New Haven again after many decades away, and the Beinecke has not lost its charm. Much of my life has been spent in libraries in the US and Europe, and the Beinecke is easily the most unique, the most original, and the...More

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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
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