Special Exhibitions

Public visitors are welcome in the Beinecke Library exhibition hall on Monday and Tuesday, 9am – 7pm; Wednesday, 10am – 7pm; Thursday, 9am – 7pm; Friday, 9am – 5pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 5pm.

The special exhibitions can be enjoyed on a self-guided basis. Please check the Hours and Accessibility page on this website for detailed information, including current health and safety guidelines.

There are typically two sets of special exhibitions a year, on view generally from mid-January to early July and mid-July to early January. These exhibitions showcase collections materials using the flat cases on the ground floor and the curved cases and vitrines on the mezzanine. Detailed information on each special exhibition’s topics, themes, and contents, as well as specific opening and closing dates, can be read in the individual listings below.

  • John Locke

    This exhibition addresses the history and the posthumous legacy of each of Locke’s major works, in Europe, the Americas, and around the world over the...
  • To these Shores

    A survey of the Yale Collection of German Literature, focusing on how it was formed and grew over the last century. Collectors, booksellers, scholars, and...
  • The Art of Medicine

    Medieval manuscripts from the collections at Beinecke and treasures from the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library show the importance of the visual in early...
  • Western Photographs: Selected Acquisitions, 2003

    A selection of contemporary and 19th-century photographs of people and places from the American West, all acquired since January 1, 2003. Contemporary works by...
  • From Bojangles to Broadway

    Over 20 vintage photographs and related ephemera, now on display at the Beinecke Library, document the rise of African American entertainers on the American...
  • St. Petersburg: A Portrait of a Great City

    Books, manuscripts, prints, and photographs document the role of St. Petersburg as a cultural, artistic, and literary center from its founding through the...
  • Intimate Circles: American Women in the Arts

    This exhibition focuses on several loosely defined groups of women, including communities in the American southwest (including Georgia O’Keeffe and Mable...