Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Grove Street Cemetery Tour
Guided one-hour tours of this fascinating cemetery, one of the country's oldest, depart from the chapel/cemetery office inside the main...
Grove Street Cemetery
Three blocks north of the green, this cemetery holds the graves of several famous New Havenites behind its grand Egyptian Revival gate,...
The Tomb is not open to the public. This is the home of Yale’s most notorious secret society, the Skull & Bones Club, founded in...
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Yale's Woolsey Hall is home to most performances by this orchestra, whose season runs from October through April. Outside season, crowds...
Union League Café
An upscale French bistro in the historic Union League building. Expect a menu featuring continental classics like cocotte de joues de...
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Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library information
Built in 1963, this extraordinary piece of architecture is the largest building the world designed for the preservation of rare manuscripts. The windowless cube has walls of Danby marble which subdue the effects of light, while inside the glass stack tower displays sculptural shelves of books, including one of only 48 surviving Gutenberg Bibles (1455) and original manuscripts by Charles Dickens, Benjamin Franklin and Goethe.
In the center a sunken courtyard contains sculptures by Isamu Noguchi representing time (the pyramid), the sun (the circle) and chance (the cube). The library's fifty-year-old heating and cooling systems were completely replaced in 2015–16 as well as new classrooms added.