Open Houses

Yale Center for British Art - Founder's Room

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Plan to visit the Founder’s Room, which commemorates the life, interests, and generosity of Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929). Featured in the room are paintings by George Stubbs and various personal memorabilia from Mr. Mellon. Normally closed to the public, the room will be open to all visitors during this annual campus wide celebbration of the university’s founding in 1701.

Behind the Scenes at Yale Library

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To celebrate Founders Day, Yale University Library will host an open house in the Sterling Memorial Library Nave on Friday October 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fourteen library departments and libraries will present displays and answer questions. Visitors are invited to look behind the scenes at the people, collections, and technology that help make Yale University Library one of the world’s leading research libraries. This event is free and open to the public.

Peterloo and Protest

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The year 2019 marks the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, when an armed and mounted militia attacked a large but peaceful demonstration for political reform in St. Peter’s Field in Manchester, leaving over a dozen dead and hundreds injured. This exhibition commemorates this defining event in British political history. Using objects drawn from the Center’s collections and others, the display also examines later public protests and demonstrations in Britain and elsewhere until 1969.

When the Walls Came Tumbling Down: Coeducation in Yale College

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This exhibit highlights the academic, logistical, and social challenges faced by the first women undergraduates at Yale.

In September 1969, the first undergraduate women arrived at Yale College—230 women matriculated in the Class of 1973, 151 transfer students joined the Class of 1972, and 194 transfer students joined the Class of 1971. The coeducation of Yale College was the culminating event in the century- long journey of women students at Yale. It began in 1869 with the admission of Alice and Susan Silliman, daughters of chemistry professor Benjamin Silliman, Jr. ’37, into the newly established School of the Fine Arts.

LADIES FIRST An Exhibition by the EVOLUTIONS Afterschool Program at Yale's Peabody Museum

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This year, the students of the EVOLUTIONS program have chosen to highlight women of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) from the past and present. While women have always been involved in STEM, they often did not receive the credit that they deserved, particularly women of color. The EVOLUTIONS students felt that these women should be highlighted because, though they might be little known, their accomplishments and discoveries are numerous and remarkable. Though “fame is fleeting,” as astronomer Vera Rubin says, EVOLUTIONS students wanted to make sure that the people behind science are celebrated along with their accomplishments.

Aperture: Portraits of Women Faculty in Medicine

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Many of the portraits included in Aperture were commissioned as part of the celebration commemorating 100 Years of Women at the Yale School of Medicine in 2018 and donated to the school by photographer Robert Lisak, MFA ’81. Included in the exhibit is a recently unveiled oil portrait of the late Carolyn Walch Slayman, PhD, who was deputy dean for academic and scientific affairs, Sterling Professor of Genetics, and professor of cellular and molecular physiology.

Yale University Art Gallery

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The Yale University Art Gallery was founded in 1832 as an art museum for Yale and the community. Today it is one of the largest museums in the country, holding more than 200,000 objects and welcoming visitors from around the world. Spanning one and a half city blocks, the museum features more than 4,000 works on display, multiple classrooms, a rooftop terrace, a sculpture garden, and dramatic views of New Haven and the Yale campus. The entrance building, which was designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn and was completed in 1953, is a masterpiece of modern architecture.

Behind the Scenes at Sterling Memorial Library

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To celebrate Founders Day, Yale University Library will host an open house in the Sterling Memorial Library nave on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More than twenty library departments and libraries will present displays and answer questions on different aspects of the library’s work. Visitors are invited to look behind the scenes at the people, collections, and technology that make Yale University Library one of the world’s leading research libraries. Library branded clothing and other merchandise will be available for purchase. Additional details and updates will be posted as they become available. 

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