New Haven, with its New England charm and cosmopolitan energy, quaint commercial districts, serene residential streets, the famous New Haven Green, and landmarks of American history are only a few of the highlights of a place that has given the world the hamburger, the lollipop, the corkscrew, and the world’s best pizza (and we can tell you where to find them!). Get to know the New Haven community and enjoy some of city's diverse restaurants, shops, and cultural attractions during your visit.
Yale University has been a part of the New Haven community for three centuries. Its 11,000 students come from all 50 American states and from 108 countries. The 3,200-member faculty is a richly diverse group of men and women who are leaders in their respective fields.
Yale’s buildings, towers, lawns, courtyards, walkways, gates, and arches comprise what one architecture critic has called “the most beautiful urban campus in America. The University also maintains over 600 acres (243 hectares) of athletic fields and natural preserves just a short bus ride from the center of town.
Yale University Campus
Yale’s tree-lined campus in New Haven has housed “a company of scholars and a society of friends” for more than 300 years. Today it’s also home to some of the world’s most comprehensive research libraries, global art collections, and laboratory spaces. Enjoy a walk through what one architecture critic has called “the most beautiful urban campus in America".
Yale University's Visitor's Center remains closed. Virtual tours are available through the link below.
Yale University Art Gallery
The mission of the Yale University Art Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The Gallery stimulates active learning about art and the creative process through research, teaching, and dialogue among communities of Yale students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public. The Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, while building and maintaining its collections in trust for future generations.
The Art Gallery is now open withto the public with free, timed-entry tickets to special exhibitions.
The Yale Center for British Art
The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute that houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the collection reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward.
Free timed-entry tickets are strongly encouraged. Walk-in visitors will be accommodated based on capacity.
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library inspires engagement with the past, in the present, for the future. One of the world’s largest libraries devoted entirely to rare books and manuscripts, it is Yale University’s principal repository of literary archives, early manuscripts, and rare books.
All Yale University library buildings are currently closed to the general public. Virtually explore the Beinecke's collections through the link below.
Sterling Memorial Library
Located in the heart of Yale's Central Campus in New Haven, the Sterling Memorial Library is one of Yale's most prominent buildings, as well as being the largest of all the Yale libraries. It currently houses more than 2.5 million on 16 floors of book stacks. It was built in the Collegiate Gothic style, resembling a European Gothic cathedral, with its 60-foot ceiling, cloisters, clerestory windows, side chapels, and a circulation desk altar.
All Yale University library buildings are currently closed to the public.