Discover Cushing’s Brains. Named for Yale College graduate and former faculty member Dr. Harvey Cushing, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patient’ brains and tumors, Cushing’s surgical illustrations, his personal diaries, black and white patient photographs, and memorabilia, as well as historical anatomical and medical materials. Free.
Visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the building that contains the principal rare books and literary manuscripts of Yale University. Its five stories of translucent marble “windows” provide a dramatic backdrop for the glass-enclosed central book tower. The entrance level and mezzanine function as a showcase for rotating exhibitions that highlight the Beinecke’s collections. Free.
Explore the permanent collection of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History — providing a record of the history of the Earth, its life, and its cultures, including “The Great Hall of Dinosaurs” permanent exhibit.
Yale University Art Gallery 1111 Chapel St. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m. Sunday, 1-6 p.m. Closed Mondays.
See world-renowned collections of American paintings and decorative arts. The gallery is noted for outstanding collections of Greek and Roman art, including artifacts from the ancient Roman city of Dura-Europos; collections of early Italian paintings; the Société Anonyme Collection of 20th-century European and American art; modern and contemporary art and design; Asian art; African art; art of the ancient Americas; and Indo-Pacific art. Free.
Go behind the scenes on a Furniture Study Tour of the American Decorative Arts Furniture Study, the gallery’s working library of American furniture and wooden objects. Free. Friday, March 14 at 12:30 p.m.
Take an interactive Highlights Tour of the gallery’s history, architecture, and encyclopedic collection. Focusing on a handful of objects chosen to showcase both the permanent collection and special exhibitions currently on view. Free. Saturday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m.