Special Exhibitions

Public visitors are welcome in the Beinecke Library exhibition hall on Monday and Tuesday 9am – 4:30pm; Wednesday, 10am – 4:30pm; Thursday and Friday, 9am – 4:30pm; and Saturday and Sunday, noon – 4pm.

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.

  • Theater and Anti-Theater in the 18th Century

    Today’s Yale, home to a renowned drama school, the Dramat, the Rep, and the Yale Cabaret, celebrates theater and the stage. But it was not always so. For...
  • Fritz Eichenberg Exhibit at Yale

    The émigré woodcut artist Fritz Eichenberg is the subject of the exhibition on view at the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript library from 28 January until 16...
  • Along His Way: James Weldon Johnson

    Lift every voice and sing Till earth and heaven ring, Ring with the harmonies of liberty. The well-known anthem Lift Every Voice and Sing , which opens with...
  • Thornton Wilder: A Centenary Exhibition

    There is hardly an American schoolchild who has not heard of Thornton Wilder, or at least of Our Town or his novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey . Wilder’s...
  • Renaissance Readers

    Five-hundred-year-old school books with student marginalia, 16th-century doctors’ manuals with notes about their own cases, and books from the Age of...
  • Spenseriana: From Illustrated to Spurious Spenser

    Jennifer Klein Morrison, Guest Curator In 1596, Edmund Spenser published the last three books of his great heroic poem, The Faerie Queene , which he dedicated...