Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library

A stunning work of architecture, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscripts Library houses a famous collection of the world’s oldest books, maps, and documents. Beinecke’s vast print antiquities range from papyrus artifacts to medieval manuscripts to the original mysterious Voynich Manuscript (yet to be deciphered), and much more. Designed by architect Gordon Bunshaft and opened in 1963, this cube-shaped building is uniquely clad in large “windows” of translucent Vermont marble panels. As the panels diffuse sunlight, protecting the books inside, the interior is bathed in a unique, warm hue. Public visitors are welcome in the exhibition hall on the ground floor and mezzanine.