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“The Rarest of the Rare”

Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Ranked #5 of 59 things to do in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Having lived in the Yale community for years, it has been my privilege to visit the Beinecke from time to time. They have such things as 2 double elephantine copies of Audubon's birds, plus all the other great rare books that it is so rightly famous for. Here's the thing, you can actually touch most of these - with gloves that they provide.

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

This was part of the campus tour for prospective students... it is positively stunning, and worth the tour even if you're not planning on attending Yale. The attention to detail, preservation of the books and display of Gutenberg Bible is outstanding.

Thank MSLovell
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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!

Thank Carol_Fal
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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.

4  Thank Hendrik W
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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!

Thank Cathy S
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