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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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I had been to the Beinecke before with my son, but the tour with the Beinecke staff member enriched... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lindon, Utah
Awe-inspiring Collection in an Architecturally Interesting Building

Historically significant and in many cases gorgeous manuscripts, scrolls and books well displayed... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Alison L S
Springfield, Massachusetts
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121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511-8917
+1 203-432-2977

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I had been to the Beinecke before with my son, but the tour with the Beinecke staff member enriched my second experience. We learned a great deal about the collection, its history, and how it is currently used and cared for.

1  Thank OTCHmama
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Historically significant and in many cases gorgeous manuscripts, scrolls and books well displayed with knowledgeable commentary. While the building looks a bit odd outside, it is truly gorgeous inside, with its center cube of priceless manuscripts and its outer shell of translucent marble. If any...More

Thank Alison L S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fantastic place to visit, although it could be seen in less then an hour. The architecture is fantastic, qnd the books....no words. If you are part of a research protocol, you would have access to some really old books. Simply amazing.

Thank acukiert
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning displays, it is possible to see Gutenberg’s bible and Chaucer’s Canterbury tales. Though access to underground is not allowed, the wide array of displays is sure to take your breath away. The staff is super helpful and welcoming to all visitors. It is also...More

Thank Twesha D
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Architecture with translucent stone walls, exhibits of rare manuscripts and contents are incredible.

1  Thank Jabrd
Reviewed 5 October 2017

This was outstanding. The outside is nondescript, blocky and modern. But inside, those walls are glowing on a sunny day. It is beautiful and the walls of rare books are amazing. A great spot to look through for about half an hour.

1  Thank Lola2104
Reviewed 28 September 2017

I was looking for something to do near Yale and found this place. It was everything I thought it would be. The amount of knowledge in this place was breathtaking. The Gutenberg bible is something I always wanted to see. Going to take kids here...More

Thank Lily B
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I highly recommend the Beinecke even if you only have 1 minute to walk inside and look at the walls. They are made of semi translucent stone that filters the harsh sunlight so it doesn't hit the books. The wall glow wonderfully on a sunny...More

Thank mike l
Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

One of the most amazing buildings I ever seen. The architecture was incredible, the marble exterior walls let light thru to help illuminate the interior. That protects all the amazing books inside, from damaging effects of the sun.

Thank Timothy P
Reviewed 13 August 2017

A really impressive looking library with the interior vault like structure. Just walking around it looking at all those old books and manuscripts is true history.

Thank bcsystems
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