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Yale Center for British Art

1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2302
+1 203-432-2800
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Lovely Gallery to Visit

The Yale Center for British Art is a lovely space to view collections of British art. We visited... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Durham, Connecticut
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A Wonderful surprise in New Haven

A great little surprise in the middle of the city. A nice diversion and escape in New Haven, a... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Oxford, ct
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Note: The Center is temporarily closed for building conservation through February 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience. The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and world-renowned research institute. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period to the present day. Works on view include masterpieces by Thomas Gainsborough, J.M.W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain. Perhaps its greatest treasure is the building itself, a masterpiece of modern architecture designed by architect Louis I. Kahn. Located in downtown New Haven, the Center is near many of the city's best restaurants, theaters, and shops.
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1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2302
+1 203-432-2800
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Yale Center for British Art is a lovely space to view collections of British art. We visited the center several years ago to view The Grand Tour exhibition and recently stopped by to view the Britain in the World collection. Admission is free, which...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great little surprise in the middle of the city. A nice diversion and escape in New Haven, a town which sometimes gets a bad rap

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Reviewed 6 December 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the vast collection of British art. The museum presents the works in an artistic way where the art is accessible to view.

Thank sundown_10
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

A very good collection of fine art from 5 centuries in a very nice facility at Yale. Entrance is free.

Thank Homero V
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

A bunch of old paintings on walls. Not a good display nor do they show anything interesting. Don’t waste a day here, do yourself a favor

Thank ShawnNB
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Beautifully curated museum that charts the history of British art, concentrating on the Enlightenment period and onward. Great collection of 20th century British includes superb selections from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and others. Very easy to wayfind your path through the museum!

Thank RonL40
Reviewed 22 October 2017

If you want to learn the history of Britain and its' interaction with the American colonies, just come to this museum and read all the captions by the paintings. Start on the 4th floor and go down. It is well set up and the sculpture...More

Thank Judith E
Reviewed 6 October 2017

We came into New Haven to celebrate a birthday dinner for me. There was a group of us and we arrived a bit early so we parked and just decided to stroll when we came upon this museum. What a great unplanned birthday surprise this...More

Thank KyLaConnecticut
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Right across the street from the Yale Art Gallery, this is yet another entity with free admission that makes an enjoyable time. Offers a beautiful collection of paintings.

Thank Who's O
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This museum has recently been renovated. It is the largest collection of British Art outside of Britain. When Paul McCartney came to Yale to get an honorary degree he spent an enjoyable time (according to him) viewing the art. The gallery is open and spacious....More

Thank mike l
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28 April 2017|
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Response from waterphyllis | Reviewed this property |
Yes, as long as you do not use flash. The traveling art, that which is on loan, is not allowed to be photographed.
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9 August 2016|
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Response from Wolfried M | Reviewed this property |
I do not think this museum is appropriate for little children.
4 July 2015|
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Response from patywolf | Reviewed this property |
Don't know. I go all the time when there is something I read about and want to see. Contact them for information.