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Yale Campus Attractions

Plan to visit Yale's many libraries, museums, galleries, and other attractions.  Your Summer student ID will allow you free access to all of them.

Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Beinecke Library contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University and serves as a center for research by students, faculty, and other scholars. Free and open to the public.

Harkness ​Tower Tours

Harkness Tower tours happen on occasion over the summer.  The guild member hosting will play one or two songs for the group on the real bells.

Payne Whitney Gymnasium

Yale's Payne Whitney Gymnasium is one of the world's largest indoor recreational facilities.  Yale Summer Session students are entitled to a free gymnasium membership while enrolled in summer classes, with optional locker rental and towel service.

Peabody Museum of Natural History

The Peabody Museum houses world-famous collections in the fields of paleontology, zoology, and anthropology. Exhibits include dinosaurs, dioramas of North American habitat groups, meteors, and gemstones. Admission is free with a Yale ID card.

Sterling Memorial Library and Bass Library

Sterling Memorial Library is the main library building of the Yale University Library system. In addition to five large reading rooms, a Music Library, and courtyard on the ground floor, the library's tower has fifteen levels of stacks containing over 4 million volumes. Sterling connects via tunnel to the underground Bass Library, which contains an additional 150,000 volumes. Both are free and open to the public.

Yale Center for British Art

The Yale Center for British Art houses the most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Its foundation is the gift of paintings, drawings, prints, rare books, manuscripts, and sculpture given to Yale University by Paul Mellon '29. Admission is free.

Yale Farm

Twelve months a year, students, faculty, staff, and New Haven community members visit the Yale Farm to study the connection between land and food.

Yale University Art Gallery

The Yale Art Gallery's permanent collection was founded in 1832 when the patriot-artist John Trumbull gave more than one hundred of his paintings to Yale College. Since that time, the collection has grown to number more than 200,000 objects representing Eastern and Western cultures and ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. The gallery is free and open to the public.

Yale Visitor's Center

At the Yale Visitor's Center you can drop by for information about Yale or to take a guided tour led by Yale College undergraduates.