Week Ender: Happenings in December

December is a good time to explore the many artistic and cultural treasures at Yale’s museums.


Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel St.

It’s the last chance to visit Yale Center for British Art before it closes on Jan. 1 for renovation. The center, which houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom, will be closed to the public from Jan. 1, 2015 through Feb. 2016 to allow for work on the interior conservation of its iconic Louis I. Kahn building. Free. Hours and information.


Yale University Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel St.

View African art, American decorative arts, ancient art, and European art as well as the special exhibitions Roman in the Provinces, East of the Wallace Line, Vida y Drama de México, and Odd Volumes. Free. Hours and information.


Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
121 Wall St.

See the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type, and Audubon’s “Birds of America” — both books on permanent display. The entrance level and mezzanine function as a showcase for rotating exhibitions that highlight the Beinecke’s collections. Free. Hours and information.


Center for Science and Social Science Information
Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect St.

CSSSI provides Yale faculty, students, and staff with state-of-the-art information services in a technology-rich environment. See the latest media exhibit, Marsh Botanical Garden: Yale’s Hidden Jewel, a media exhibit that emphasizes sustainability as it relates to energy, environment, food, education, and materials management. Free. Hours and information.


Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Sterling Hall of Medicine, 333 Cedar St.

Discover Cushing’s Brains. Named for Yale College graduate and neurosurgeon Dr. Harvey Cushing, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ 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. Hours and information.


Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Ave.

Explore the Peabody’s permanent collection — providing a record of the history of the Earth, its life, and its cultures, including “The Great Hall of Dinosaurs.” Special exhibits include Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants. Hours and information.

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