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Yale Campus Tours: All Your Options on How to Tour Yale University

(Updated October 2022, Originally Posted March 2021) Whether you’re visiting New Haven as a tourist or as a prospective student, touring Yale’s incredible campus in the heart of the city is one of the best (and free) activities to do here. Catch a glimpse into what life is like as a student at this world-class institution and soak in the bustling atmosphere of thriving campus life.  Yale’s official campus tours are the perfect opportunity to find out what student life is like, what campus clubs are available and what special features each college has to offer.

Here are 4 key pieces of advice for taking a tour at Yale University:

  • Get there early to ensure you have a spot on the tour!
  • Dress appropriately for outdoor touring.
  • Go to the restrooms in the Visitor Center or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before your tour begins. The 60-75 minute tours don’t have pit stops!
  • Speak to your student guides. They are super friendly and are happy to answer your questions about their experiences.

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Tour as a prospective student

Take in the sights of Yale’s campus through the eyes of a residing student and see if you can imagine yourself becoming one! September through May, Monday through Saturday, you can tour the residential colleges, libraries, green spaces and historical landmarks all while chatting with your student guide.

The university also offers specialized science and engineering tours that are led by students studying in those fields. Find out about the exciting programs, projects and research currently taking place in their labs.

All the sessions for prospective Yalies start at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions (38 Hillhouse Ave). If you’re walking there from New Haven Green, stop at the Blue State Coffee on Wall Street, a student hot spot opposite Silliman College, for a drink to go!

Alongside tours, there are many admissions events that you can join throughout the year including visiting a class and requesting an on-campus interview. Check out the admissions website for schedules and registration.

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Tour as a visitor

From the Visitor Center on one side of New Haven Green (149 Elm Street), you can take your spot on one of the campus tours.  The tour starts with a very informative and playful video that gives a broad overview of what this university has to offer its students.  This 60-minute walking tour covers central campus and shares plenty of interesting details about Yale’s 300-year history as well as what life is like through the eyes of the student guide. Take a look in one of the 14 residential colleges, the impressive record-breaking libraries and walk the paths previously taken by Yale’s many famous alumni.

One of the best parts of the walking tours is getting to hear from the student guides!  Take advantage of your time to ask them questions and hear about their classes, extra-curriculars and student life in New Haven. Wondering where to go next for a snack or directions around the downtown area? Your guide will be happy to help!

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Tours during the current COVID pandemic (updated July 2022)

Yale University once again offers in person tours! COVID-19 vaccination is required for visitors 5 and older.

You can book a tour online to register for a campus tour.

Whether it’s in person or virtual, Yale University is an impressive place to visit. When you get the chance, I highly recommend enjoying the sights in person! Even if it’s not through an official tour, Yale’s campus is a beautiful place to walk through all year round.

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Yale Campus Tours, Yale Visitor Center, 149 Elm St., New Haven. Student-led walking tours of Yale Campus, last 1 hour and 15 minutes and covers history, architecture and student life. Visitors see the Old Campus, several residential colleges, Sterling Memorial Library and other locations of interest. Maps of the campus are available at the Center. Free. Center Hours Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Tours Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 1:30 p.m. 203-432-2300, yale.edu/visitor

  • Self-Guided Tours: Purchase a copy of the Blue Trail map, which includes a suggested self-guided tour route, and a brief history of the University.
  • Special Groups by Appointment: Large groups visiting the campus can arrange to have a tour specifically suited to their group's interest and time schedule. For each group up to 25 people, there will be a $40 fee. Contact the Visitor Center at least two weeks prior to the tour.
  • Kids Architectural Treasure Hunt: Parents taking the campus tour with children ages 6-11 can request a brochure that encourages the children to hunt for architectural details and designs. Call for group tour information.
  • Public Art at Yale, start at Old Campus, College Street. Includes statue of Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale and Maya Lin’s The Women’s Table. Pick up a self-guided tour booklet at Yale Visitor Center. yale.edu/publicart

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The Yale Visitor Center is the front door of the university and welcomes its visitors from around the world. We are located at  149 Elm Street  and are open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Visitor Center will be closed on Thursday July 4, 2024 (Independence Day) in observance of the official Yale University holiday.

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Two exhibits offer a timeline of the university’s history and showcase the achievements of a number of Yale’s graduates and faculty.

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Yale’s most celebrated resident calls the Visitor Center home during the day and loves to meet new people. If he isn’t out making an appearance, you can catch Handsome Dan at the Visitor Center.

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With updated online virtual tours and the creation of a new smartphone tour app, there are now more ways to explore Yale than ever before, both on campus and from the comfort of one’s own home.

Originally created in 2011, the virtual tours allow people to see Yale’s campus, halls, dorm rooms and facilities online while learning about these campus fixtures from friendly, virtual tour guides. There are five tours available, showcasing the campus in general, residential colleges, athletic facilities, engineering offerings and science facilities and research opportunities. Aside from the athletic one, all tours were updated this summer with new photographs, new locations and little tweaks to the tour guides’ scripts.

The campus tour app that rolled out this summer, called “Yale Admissions Campus Tour,” allows visitors on campus to learn more about Yale even if they cannot join an official tour. The smartphone tracks where visitors are on campus and provides information about different locations, allowing visitors to explore Yale at their own pace. It features all the stops of the University-run on-campus tour and even includes the new residential colleges, which have not yet been added to the on-campus tour.

“The virtual tour and app are a wonderful way for visitors from around the world to learn more about our campus and get a glimpse of student life at Yale,” said Nancy Franco, the director of the Yale Visitor Center. “Although we offer daily tours, it may not be practical for everyone to make a visit to New Haven.”

The new virtual tour features many locations that had not been built by 2011 and others that have been heavily renovated since then, said Director of Outreach and Communications Mark Dunn. These locations include Evans Hall, which houses the School of Management and was completed in 2014, and the Yale Quantum Institute, established in 2015.

Dunn added that he was particularly excited about showing the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art, as both grew in size and underwent significant changes since the last tour’s debut. The tour also showcases other facilities not previously included, such as the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium.

The changes to the virtual tour guides’ scripts consisted mostly of replacing outdated information, such as the number of residential colleges and the title “master,” as well as adding some new information, particularly to the Science and Engineering tours, Dunn said.

“It was really a good chance for us to review what was [in the tours] to make sure we were showcasing the most exciting spaces and stories on campus right now,” Dunn said.

The new smartphone app features both written and audio descriptions of various sites at Yale, such as Old Campus and Sterling Memorial Library. Dunn said that because some locations — the residential colleges, for instance — might be locked when visitors decide to take the self-guided tour, the app also includes some photos of the interiors of each featured campus space. The app is designed to allow users to “be in the public spaces around campus” and still be able to learn more about them, he added.

In the past, Dunn said, if visitors wanted to tour campus on their own, or simply could not make it to a scheduled tour, all Yale could provide them was a map.

The smartphone tour app and the virtual tour have one important thing in common with the on-campus tour — both are narrated by Yale’s student guides.

“It was so exciting for me to have students be featured in both of these experiences,” Dunn said. “They really are what sets Yale apart and what really connects with prospective students more than anything else.”

Leah Surrat ’18, the narrator of the virtual engineering tour, said the engineering tour she attended when she visited campus before her first year was one of the main reasons she chose to come to Yale, so it was nice to be able to share her experience with others and represent the tour guide program.

Stephanie Spear ’19, who narrated the science tour, said it was a great idea to update the tour to keep up with the changes in campus’s facilities.

“It’s actually quite surreal to think that I am the person prospective applicants will be seeing and hearing when they go learn more about science at Yale,” Spear said. “I feel really honored to be able to represent our school in this way and hope that I can do a good job of convincing prospective students to apply.”

More than 500,000 unique visitors have gone through Yale’s virtual tours since 2011.

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24+ Incredible Things to do Around Yale University

  • 1.1 Take a tour of the historic Yale University
  • 1.2 Explore prehistoric fossils at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
  • 1.3 Admire the Collegiate Gothic-style architecture of Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library
  • 1.4 Marvel at the rare works inside the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library
  • 1.5 Explore the galleries at the Yale Center for British Art
  • 1.6 Find your next favorite read at the Atticus Bookstore Café
  • 1.7 Explore the Yale University Art Gallery
  • 1.8 Pay your respects at the Grove Street Cemetary
  • 1.9 Marvel at a performance by the Yale Repertory Theatre
  • 1.10 Visit the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments
  • 1.11 Cheer on the Bulldogs
  • 1.12 Wonder about what’s inside the Skull and Bones Tomb
  • 1.13 Watch the bells chime on a tour inside Harkness Tower
  • 1.14 View human brains at the Cushing Brain Collection
  • 1.15 Learn about outer space at the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium
  • 1.16 Wander through The Shops at Yale
  • 2.1 Attend a true Compline Mass
  • 2.2 Visit Lighthouse Point Park
  • 2.3 Take over a booth inside one of New Haven’s top apizza places
  • 2.4 Try local brews at one of New Haven’s breweries
  • 2.5 Play all different kinds of board games at Elm City Games
  • 2.6 Catch a concert at the Westville Bowl or College Street Music Hall
  • 2.7 Head to Toad’s Place for live music
  • 2.8 Let your introvert thrive at the Graduate’s Silent Book Club

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Founded in 1701, Yale University is the third-oldest University in America. The University is known for its academic excellence, research, and strong tradition of independence and freedom of thought.

The Yale University campus covers over 300 acres and includes over 100 buildings throughout New Haven, Connecticut.

With so much history surrounding the University and weaving into the city of New Haven, there are some absolutely incredible things to do near Yale University that you need to discover.

Whether you’re a Yalie or just visiting the Elm City, there are so many fascinating things to do around Yale University that the public can access. Here’s your chance to discover one of the most prestigious universities in the world.

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Take a tour of the historic yale university.

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The Ivy League university is an institution in New Haven, Connecticut. Yale University was founded in the 1640s by colonial clergymen who wanted to build a school in the European tradition.

In 1718, it was formally called Yale College after Elihu Yale, a Welsh businessman and supporter of the school. It is the third-oldest University in the United States, after only Harvard University and the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia .

Yale has produced countless renowned graduates and has been a site of tremendous intellectual study and accomplishment throughout its history.

Visitors can walk the campus at their leisure. Still, they can also enjoy a free tour of the historic campus given by current students.

The tour departs daily from the Visitor Center, located just across from the New Haven Town Green. The campus architecture is stunning, and a stroll around the storied academic grounds is a must. You can also sign up for an online free virtual, interactive campus tour.

Explore prehistoric fossils at the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

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Looking for dinosaur-related activities in New Haven? The Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University is a fantastic place to visit.

The natural history museum, founded in 1866, houses numerous world-renowned permanent collections. The most famous is found in The Great Hall of Dinosaurs. It has several skeletons, including a mounted Brontosaurus skeleton and Rudolph Zallinger’s The Age of Reptiles mural.

On Saturdays and Sundays, tours of several interactive exhibitions are included with your entrance ticket.

Admire the Collegiate Gothic-style architecture of Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library

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The Sterling Memorial Library is another iconic building on the Yale University campus. Also known as Cross Campus Library, the school’s primary library location is home to more than 2.5 million books across its sixteen floors.

The library opened in 1931 and is named after John W. Sterling, a lawyer. He donated over $17 million to the University to construct a needed building. James Gamble Rogers, also the architect of Harkness Tower, designed the building to be reminiscent of a European Gothic-style cathedral.

Although public tours inside the library are currently suspended, you can listen to a podcast produced by the Yale Library to learn all about the rich history and artifacts found inside the historic building.

Marvel at the rare works inside the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library

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With over one million total volumes, Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library is one of the world’s largest collections of rare books and manuscripts.

Since its inception in 1963, the library has amassed some of the very first editions of the United States Declaration of Independence, John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The structure itself sits next to the Sterling Memorial Library and lacks windows; instead, opaque pieces of Vermont marble serve as windows. Sunlight penetrates through them to reach the literary archives, protecting the valuable materials.

Access to the archives is restricted to researchers and Yale members. However, several special exhibitions are open to the public, like the University library’s first volumes going back to 1742 and the Gutenberg Bible.

Explore the galleries at the Yale Center for British Art

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Another thing to do around Yale is the Yale Center for British Art, which holds the most extensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom.

Its enormous collection includes thousands of works by artists dating from the 1400s to the present day, ranging from paintings, sculptures, and pictures to scholarly volumes on the history of British art. Among its permanent exhibitions are some works by Americans who lived in Britain during the period.

While alumnus Paul Mellon bequeathed the permanent collection to Yale in 1966, the sustainable structure that houses the University art museum was designed and erected by Louis I. Kahn in 1977, directly across the street from the Yale University Art Gallery.

Public tours of the paintings, special exhibits, and architecture are available, as is a research program that includes lectures, conferences, and workshops. They also have an app that can be used inside the museum or at home and acts as a guide to its artworks.

And, admission to the Yale Center for British Art is free, making it an excellent indoor activity for rainy or cold days in New Haven .

Find your next favorite read at the Atticus Bookstore Café

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You can discover both great food and your new favorite novel without leaving the Atticus Bookstore Café .

Their first location opened on the ground floor of the Yale British Art Museum in 1975. You can browse classics, new releases, staff picks, and their excellent food and pastries.

They’ve now grown to include the Atticus Market in New Haven’s East Rock area and the original café.

Explore the Yale University Art Gallery

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On the other side of Chapel Street from the Yale Center for British Art, the Yale University Art Gallery has over 300,000 works in its collection. Its mission is to protect and showcase all different forms of artwork from any period.

Since its founding in 1832, it’s known as the oldest university art museum in the United States. You can tour its collection and participate in any of its events free.

Pay your respects at the Grove Street Cemetary

This is the entrance to Grove Street Cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut.

Grove Street Cemetery, located next to the Yale campus, is the final resting place of some of New Haven’s most notable former inhabitants, including Connecticut inventor Eli Whitney, who created the cotton gin.

After the old New Haven Town Green cemetery became overcrowded, it was constructed in the 1790s as the country’s first registered burial grounds.

The cemetery’s entry gate, regarded as an outstanding example of Egyptian Revival architecture, is notable. It’s a peaceful, historic place full of incredible monuments.

Marvel at a performance by the Yale Repertory Theatre

This is the entrance of the Yale repertory theater in New Haven Connecticut.

Yale Rep is the professional-in-residence company at Yale School of Drama–one of the most highly regarded theatre programs in the United States–and has earned a Tony Award for Excellence in Regional Theatre.

Since its debut in 1966, they’ve had seventeen productions transferred to Broadway and premiered over 100 new works.

Visit the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments

This is the entrance to the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments in New Haven, Connecticut.

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, established in 1900, is a fascinating museum inside the Yale University system. The Yale School of Music’s museum has musical instruments dating back over three centuries.

Among the special instruments on display are a 1742 organ by John Snetzler, a 1784 clavichord by Hoffman, and pianos by Könnicke dating back to 1795.

Every year, the museum puts on a historically accurate concert with instruments from its collection. During admission hours, you can explore their permanent and temporary exhibitions; however, the museum is now closed for restoration.

Cheer on the Bulldogs

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If you’re looking for some of the best things to do around Yale University, you can’t miss an opportunity to cheer on the Bulldogs!

The Yale football team plays at the Yale Bowl, while the Yale mens’ and womens’ hockey teams play at the Ingalls Ice Rink. Tickets for these three teams can be purchased on their respective websites.

Fun Fact : Due to stadium renovations, the Giants NFL football team used the Yale Bowl as their home facility for twelve games from 1973 to 1974.

Wonder about what’s inside the Skull and Bones Tomb

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First of all, this is not a functioning mausoleum on the Yale University campus.

Secret Societies are to Ivy League universities as fraternities and sororities are to other American colleges.

The Skull and Bones Society at Yale is one of the most famous, with numerous influential people, including three past United States presidents making up its former members.

The Skull and Bones Tomb is the society’s headquarters. Although you can’t go inside to see the secrets for yourself, you can pass the building from the outside on High Street and…wonder.

Watch the bells chime on a tour inside Harkness Tower

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Harkness Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks in New Haven and around Yale.

Built from 1917 to 1922 and designed by architect and Yale College student James Gamble Rogers, the masonry tower stands 216 feet tall with nine floors and 284 steps to reach the top. Four open-faced clocks face outwards to tell the time, while the carillon bells sit directly behind them.

The Yale University Guild of Carillonneurs offers free tours inside Harkess Tower to watch as they play the bells. You can request to sign up for a tour on their website .

View human brains at the Cushing Brain Collection

Ever been interested in human brains? The Cushing Center at Yale’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library shows more than 400 human brain specimens on display.

The collection was established at the turn of the 20th century when neurosurgeon Harvey Cushing pioneered diagnoses and procedures to treat brain tumors and other ailments.

In 2010, the collection was finally given a permanent home in the Whitney Medical Library at Yale University. You can register for a tour of the exhibits and find more information for prospective visitors on their website .

Learn about outer space at the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium

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Did you know–Yale University was one of the first institutions for astronomical observation? Yale’s history of studying the stars extends all the way back to the late 1820s, when the College received a donation for the purchase of a Dolland refracting telescope.

Since then, the University has been observing outer space. Renamed the Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium in 2008, the center is open to public stargazing one night a week, as long as the skies are clear. You can check their Twitter account for up-to-date information on whether they’ll be open this week.

The Observatory also hosts Planetarium shows; you can find out more on their website and watch past performances on their YouTube channel .

Wander through The Shops at Yale

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The Shops at Yale are located just around the corner from the Yale University campus. This upscale outdoor shopping area features a diverse selection of over sixty major brands and local merchants.

They also have different restaurants, ranging from quick bites and snacks to upscale dining. It’s a great place to spend a fall day or winter afternoon in New Haven.

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Attend a true compline mass.

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You can attend a true Compline mass at Christ Church near the Shops at Yale throughout the academic year on Sunday nights.

Beginning at 9 p.m., the Christ Church choir sings traditional songs from a hidden location within the historic church. At the same time, the entire interior is lit by candlelight.

Compline – also known as Complin, Night Prayer, or the Prayers at the End of the Day, is the final church service (or office) of the day in the Christian tradition of canonical hours, which are prayed at fixed prayer times…In Western Christianity, Compline tends to be a contemplative office that emphasizes spiritual peace. In most monasteries it is the custom to begin the “Great Silence” after compline, during which the whole community, including guests, observes silence throughout the night until after the Terce the next day. “ Compline .” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 8 Mar. 2022.

Visit Lighthouse Point Park

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Lighthouse Point Park is one of the best beaches in New Haven . It’s a beautiful park with stunning views; you can swim in the water, walk along the nature trails, and have a picnic in the designated picnic area.

Aside from the beach, Lighthouse Point Park also features a working turn-of-the-20th-century carousel and the Five Mile Point Lighthouse, which was erected in 1805 and deactivated in 1877. Morris Creek Nature Preserve, a 20-acre salt marsh, is located adjacent to the park.

Although parking here is free for New Haven residents, if you live out of the city, parking costs $25 a day.

You’ll also have to leave your four-legged companions home because dogs are not permitted at Lighthouse Point Park.

Take over a booth inside one of New Haven’s top apizza places

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One of the best things to do near Yale is sit down and enjoy one of New Haven’s best-kept secrets –apizza.

Apizza is a New Haven version of Neapolitan pizza with a thin, crunchy crust and a chewy inside. Because of the similarities, it is sometimes linked to New York-style pizza. However, the apizza style can be traced back to early 1900s Italian immigrants who resided in New Haven, Connecticut.

Today, the city’s unique pizza culture is thriving, with dozens of restaurants specializing in apizza. Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana and Sally’s Apizza (both on Wooster Street in the center of New Haven’s Little Italy) and Modern Apizza are two pizzerias that sell apizza. At the same time, BAR ( one of the state’s best breweries ) puts a modern spin on the style.

Insider Tip : Grab a bottle of Foxon Park soda to compliment your apizza. The East Haven soda company is well-known for its birch beer flavor, which you won’t want to miss!

Try local brews at one of New Haven’s breweries

Other than BAR, there are several other breweries in New Haven worth visiting on a night out .

East Rock Brewing Company enjoys producing “clean and crisp German-inspired beer.” Named after the neighborhood and nearby East Rock Park, they pride themselves on carrying on the German history found in this area of New Haven.

Inside their Beer Hall, you’ll find a range of year-round brews and seasonal offerings. They also host their own trivia theme nights at least once a month, with themes ranging from Schitt’s Creek to video games to baseball.

You can find their beer release calendar and their calendar of events featuring their upcoming Trivia night topics on their website.

Other excellent New Haven-based breweries include Armada Brewing, Overshores Brewing Co in East Haven, and New England Brewing Company in Woodbridge.

Play all different kinds of board games at Elm City Games

This is an image of the entrance to Elm city games in New Haven Connecticut.

This New Haven game shop and library is one of the most fun things to do near Yale University. It’s home to over 1,500 games where you can sit down and play tabletop board games, card games, and dice matches.

A day pass costs only $10 and includes access to all games in their shop.

You’ll almost certainly discover many more choices than traditional favorites like Monopoly, Sorry, or Chutes and Ladders. You can buy any game in the store.

Catch a concert at the Westville Bowl or College Street Music Hall

This is the entrance to the Westville bowl in New Haven Connecticut.

Across the street from the Yale Bowl, you’ll find the Westville Bowl. However, instead of football, this stadium caters to concerts and comics. The venue is open to all ages (unless a performance specifically states otherwise) and has accessible seating.

On their website, you can find out about upcoming performances at the Westville Bowl, purchase tickets, and learn more about their parking situation.

Catching concert performances at College Street Music Hall is another one of the best things to do in New Haven . This live music venue is a restored 1926 theater that now hosts at least one concert every week. Find their upcoming concert schedule here .

Head to Toad’s Place for live music

This is the sign above the entrance to Toad's Place in New Haven, Connecticut.

Toad’s Place has been a popular music venue and nightclub in New Haven, Connecticut, for decades–my father still rocks his vintage Toad’s Place t-shirts from when he regularly caught concerts here in College!

Check out their website to see what type of show you might enjoy most, and purchase tickets through their box office in person, over the phone, or online.

Let your introvert thrive at the Graduate’s Silent Book Club

This is the entrance to a bar in New Haven Connecticut.

Every week, the Graduate Hotel hosts a silent book club evening in their Old Heidelberg bar area.

There’s no need to read your novel ahead of time or have a half-hearted discussion on character motivation. This is a safe space where you can relax in solitude with a book and a drink.

The hotel also hosts a weekly trivia night in the Old Heidelberg bar.

There are so many fun things to do near Yale University for local college students and people interested in learning more about the school’s history–and we haven’t even started on all of the interesting day trips nearby !

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Juneteenth 2024: celebrating the end of slavery in the u.s..

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On June 19, 1865, Union Army soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the freedom of enslaved people there. President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years earlier, but enslavers in some parts of the country ignored it.

While slavery did not finally end across the United States until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on Dec. 6, 1865, June 19 came to be commemorated in many African-American communities as a “second Independence Day.” In 2021 it became a federally recognized U.S. holiday, which Yale honors also.

Here you can find information about Juneteenth and related events happening on and around Yale’s campus, as well as other opportunities and resources to celebrate, reflect, and learn.

Around New Haven

New Haven’s International Festival of Arts and Ideas — in collaboration with partners including Yale University, the Official Juneteenth Coalition of Greater New Haven, and the local Artsucation Academy Network — is hosting several free Juneteenth celebrations and other events for people of all ages:

Friday, June 14, 7 p.m., New Haven Green — The “ Juneteenth Celebration ” will offer a lively musical celebration of liberation and joy by the New Haven All-Stars, featuring The Keepers of the Culture Performing Arts Company, Manny James and Soulclectic, and The Rahsaan Langley Project.

Saturday, June 15, noon, New Haven Green ­— “ Juneteenth Village ,” a family-friendly pop-up festival hosted by the mother-son duo Mama Ngina and Rahsaan Langley, will include games, musical performances, educational presentations, an elder honoring ceremony, and more.

Sunday, June 16, 9:30 a.m., New Haven Green — A “ Juneteenth Bike Tour ” will lead participants on a 12-mile ride showcasing New Haven’s rich community of Black creativity and innovation, past and present. The ride will take in key historical and cultural landmarks where Africans and African Americans have left their imprint on the history of New Haven and beyond. (Registration required.)

Sunday, June 16, 11 a.m., Yale Schwarzman Center, 168 Grove St., lower-level Dance Studio — “ EveryBody Dances with Dr. Hanan Hameen ,” a special presentation of the Yale Schwarzman Center’s weekly dance masterclass series, will explore traditional celebratory Afrodiasporic dances from the Caribbean and West Africa. (Registration required.)

Tuesday, June 18, 11 a.m., New Haven Museum, 114 Whitney Ave. — “ Shining Light on Truth: New Haven, Yale, and Slavery ” offers a guided tour of the New Haven Museum exhibition of the same name, led by co-curator and Beinecke Library staff member Michael Morand. The exhibition complements the publication of the book “ Yale and Slavery: A History ,” authored by Yale historian David W. Blight with the Yale and Slavery Research Project , and draws from the research project’s key findings.   

Wednesday, June 19, noon, New Haven Green — “ Constance Baker Motley Stamp ” invites kids of all ages to join Constance L. Royster and New Haven educator Katlyn Rapini for a moderated Q&A discussing the life of Constance Baker Motley, the first Black female federal judge and a highly accomplished civil rights attorney. The United States Postal Service issued a Forever Stamp in honor of Motley in January as part of its “Black Heritage” series. The Q&A will be followed by a stamp design workshop.

Watch, listen, and read

Explore the history of Juneteenth and the contributions of African Americans, and reflect on the work against racism that still remains, through educational resources curated by the Yale Office of the Secretary and Vice President for University Life .

Belonging at Yale’s “ Focus on Juneteenth ” page offers a collection of events, media, and other opportunities to educate ourselves and continue the fight for justice.

At the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, “ Douglass, Baldwin, Harrington ” — an exhibition on view through Sunday, July 7 — draws from the library’s Walter O. Evans Collection to celebrate three towering figures of Black history, art, and culture: Frederick Douglass, James Baldwin, and Ollie Harrington.

The Beinecke also holds a collection of films on American life in the 1920s recorded by African-American Baptist minister and filmmaker Rev. Solomon Sir Jones. The collection includes remarkable footage of a 1925 parade celebrating Juneteenth in Texas (see below).  The entire collection can be viewed online .

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