Yale University Visitors Center

Tour schedule
Reservations required

In accordance with Yale University’s policies, COVID-19 vaccination (including booster, if eligible) is required for visitors five and older. You may be asked to present proof of vaccination.

Yale College students provide a glimpse into the history and architecture of the University. The tours start at the Yale Visitor Center at 149 Elm Street New Haven, CT 06511. Hear about Yale’s rich 300-year history and aspects of student life at several of Yale’s fourteen residential colleges. The tour also includes the Gothic Sterling Memorial Library, Yale’s largest, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Constructed with more than one hundred panels of translucent marble, the Beinecke is home to one of the world’s preeminent collections of rare materials, including the Gutenberg Bible.

Tours depart from the Visitor Center (149 Elm Street), cover the central campus area, and last approximately 1 hour (registration is required).

• 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. www.yale.edu/publicart 

149 Elm St., New Haven, CT
Phone: 203-432-2300
Website: http://visitorcenter.yale.edu