Yale University Campus Tour
Yale University is pretty during every season with the gothic and modern architecture of residential colleges, lecture halls and libraries based on UK Cambridge University.
There is a free guided tour which starts at Phelps Gate Visitor Center, 149 Elm Street at the Old Campus. Together with an introduction video and walk - about 2 hours.
After the tour, you can say truthfully, "I went to Yale".
Museum hopping 3: Yale Peabody Museum
This is a must-not missed museum if you are into prehistoric animals, dinosaurs and reptiles or petrified wood.
There are also exhbitions of origin of mammals, men, Egyptian culture, Native American culture, North American wildlife and minerals and rocks too.
Also check out current new exhibitions and study groups.
I still have the long poster bought from the Museum store.
Museum store opening hours:
Monday- Saturday 10:00 am to 4:45 pm
Sunday noon to 4:45 pm
Harkness Tower is probably the most important landmark of Yale College and Yale University.
Enscribed are the words "For God, For Country and For Yale"
The bells of Harkness Tower rings at certains of times of the day and during special occasions like Graduation Ceremonies.
Residential College hopping
Yale College assigns each undergraduate into one of the 12 residential colleges. Each residential college has its own dormitory, library, dining hall, sports teams, and even special workshops and graduation ceremonies.
Fun to eat at the different residential dining hall or weekend parties. Need to get invited as a guest if you are a tourist.
Berkeley College, Branford College, Calhoun College, Davenport College, Ezra Stiles College, Jonathan Edwards College, Morse College, Pierson College, Saybrook College, Silliman College, Timothy Dwight College, Trumbull College.
Wright Hall in Old Campus
The "Old Campus" is a quadrangle of dormitories where all Yale Freshmen will stay for the first year together before moving to their respective residential college in the second (sophomore), third (junior) and fourth (senior) year.
Even as a Freshman, they will participating in activies within their own residential college and will eat breakfast and weekend meals at their residential dining halll. During the weekdays, lunches and dinners at the Commons . So get to know other freshmen of other residentail colleges.
Freshmen of Davenport College stays at Wright Hall. There is a real fireplace in each living room quarters which often cause the fire alarms to go off unintentionally.
The Yale Station (Post Office) is located in the basement of Wright Hall.
Sterling Memorial Library
This is one of the most comprehensive and largest university library in America.
There are small courtyards, reading halls with high ceilings as well as several storeys of books of different fields including a famous Far East department.
There are different libraries at Yale University but this is considered the main library.
It is connected to the undergraduate library "Cross Campus" by a tunnel.
Payne Whitney Gymn
A multi storey indoor gymnasium - Payne Whitney is popular with students for daily exercise to get rid of academic stresss and peer pressure.
There are basketball courts, squash, racquetball, volley ball, rowing, gymn, swimming pool, etc.
A place to sweat it out.
New Haven Green - Heart of New Haven City
New Haven Green is located between Elm Street and Chapel Street and between Church Street and College Street and bisected by Temple Street.
It is great park as serve as important bus routes and bus stops.
It is where the City of New Haven and Yale University meets symbolically as City Hall and other city buildings are on the other side of New Haven Green.
Museum hopping 1: Yale Art Gallery
When in New Haven, do not miss three great museums at Yale.
One of them is Yale Art Gallery - contains some great collection of art of different periods including Renaissance, American paintings and modern art as well as African and Asian art.
Free and Open to the Public, closed on Mondays and holidays.
Location: Chapel at High Street, New Haven.
"Cross Campus" - at the cross road
Cross Campus as the name suggest is where many students and faculty members will pass each other and walk across from their residential college dormitories to classes or to the libraries. It is literally at the cross road in terms of location.
It is surrounded by the Sterling Memorial Library and basically flanked by the two halves of Berkeley College.
There is a green field on top to play and below is the hidden two underground storey of "Cross Campus Library"
Note: superimposed is the Bulldog - Yale mascot.
New Haven Museum
Absolutely fascinating little museum, with lots of interesting artefacts, photos and bits of information about the development of New Haven over the centuries.
It's inside a really lovely house too, with a beautiful domed hallway. I thought the building was old, but it turns out is was specially built for the museum in 1930, in Colonial Revival style.
There's an original model of Eli Whitney's cotton gin machine, a huge model of a sailing ship, numerous photographs and etchings and drawings of New Haven as it has grown and developed.
One of the most interesting exhibitions in the museum relates to the Amistad captives, whose trial was held in New Haven. This exhibition contains the most significant collection of related materials, including a portrait of Joseph Cinque, the leader, by New Haven artist Nathaniel Jocelyn, thought to be the first representation of an African in American art.
It is well worth visiting this museum. It sets New Haven fully in its historical context and if, like me, you know little of the Amistad events then it will teach you a great deal.
Open Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m Saturday - 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Free on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month from 1-4 p.m.
As of 2011: Adults: $4 Seniors: $3 Students: $2 Under 12: Free
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Museum hopping 2: Yale Center for British Art
Yale Center for British Art has one of the best collections for academic stury outside UK.
Include paitings of William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Joseph Wright of Derby, John Constable, and J. M. W. Turner.
The building itself, the floor and wall layout and lighting and the stairway has architecture design acclaim.
Free and open to the public .
1080 Chapel Street, New Haven (5 minutes walk from Yale Art Gallery)
Amistad--the Ship and the Museum
The Amistad incident is the story of a group of slaves who revolted and captured their ship, the Amistad. They were eventually seized off the coast of New Englan. The captives eventually won their freedom in a case before the United States Suprere Court.
Here is a sketch of Sengbe Pieh, the leader of the slaves who revolted.
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Dwight Hall & Chapel at Old Campus
Dwight Hall was founded in 1886 as Yale Christian Association.
It is an well recognized building in Old Campus. Located just opposite Harkness Tower.
It is now an non-denominational center for community service.
Well, what can I say: No surprise here... a visit to New Haven is not complete without a visit to Yale University. Yale University is a well-known university that produced many U.S. presidents. The campus is very beautiful and is actually made up of several parts like the Old Campus and Science Hill. All have magnificent architecture. A great park-like setting to take a walk. Campus tours are available from the visitor center.
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