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“Amazing” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
121 Wall St, New Haven, CT 06511
203 432 2977
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Ranked #2 of 55 things to do in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Amazing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

It's a must go when in New Haven. No tickets to get in, just go ahead and check it out. It's the rare books and manuscripts library, all built in marble in order to protect the collections from light damage. They are open to researchers and they have an exhibition on rare books and printing, very interesting. I would definetely recommend it!

Visited August 2013
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“The most modern of structures, housing the most ancient of books”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

An architecturally-awesome (and free) institution devoted to the containment and preservation of rare books, manuscripts, and documents. Two highlights for me were the Gutenberg Bible and John James Audubon’s “Birds of America".

Even if you don't feel like browsing for anything specific, you have to appreciate the brilliance of the museum's design. The windowless exterior tricks one into believing the museum must rely on artificial light, but in actuality, the white panes of marble are thinly sliced, creating a translucence that allows light to shine in without damaging the books and manuscripts.

Visit for 10 minutes or get lost for over an hour- you'll enjoy it either way.

Visited June 2013
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“A rare building, very rare books, a rare opportunity!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We went to the Beineke to view its 50th anniversary exhibit of the history of printing, featuring displays of the first printed books and rare first editions of well-known books. There were three texts printed by Guttenburg, for example, as well as many books of early Americana. Well worth a visit!

Visited August 2013
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“A very special building and library”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Make time to visit this amazing library on Yale's campus! Be sure to go inside to see the The Gutenberg Bible ( the first Western book printed from movable type) and Audubon's Birds of America which are both on permanent exhibition.

Visited July 2013
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“Must See”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

One might not normally consider a visit to a book museum to be exciting; but this one is different. The wonder begins with the building itself, with its translucent stone walls that transmit sunlight and bathe the interior with a warm glow. The central core, filled with thousands of rare books and manuscripts, is awe-inspiring. The displays are astonishing and enlightening; and one will often get to see something that is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. (Personally, this was the only time I had ever seen an actual Guttenberg Bible in person.) This is a "must see" for anyone who loves the printed word and the history of books and printing.

Visited June 2013
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