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Yale Center for British Art

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Address: 1080 Chapel Street at High St, New Haven, CT 06520
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+1 203-432-2800
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Note: The Center is temporarily closed for building conservation through...

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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Puttin’ on the Brits, where fashion sits!

Still suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal, craving The Crown or desperately trying to stay awake through Victoria? Rush, do not pass go to the amazing Yale Center for British Arts... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Still suffering Downton Abbey withdrawal, craving The Crown or desperately trying to stay awake through Victoria? Rush, do not pass go to the amazing Yale Center for British Arts. The perfect antidote to Brit fever, it’s no longer just for horse and hound lovers. “Enlightened Princesses,” the current special exhibition, both illustrates and puts to rest the cinematic concerns of... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recently reopened after a superb renovation, the Yale Center for British Art is a must- see. The "salon" hanging is really wonderful- once you figure out that each bay contains a collection of similarly themed art. An iphone app enables one to identify the name and artist of each painting; those less technologically inclined can make use of one of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You don't really need to go to NYC to see Fine Art. Just go tot the Yale Center for British Art ii New Haven. Paul Mellon's collection is almost not to be believed. Google it and then put it on your bucket list.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Closed Monday, but every other day is great for the outstanding permanent collection and thought-provoking special exhibitions. The building, by Louis Kahn, is a treasure in itself, filled with light. Make an afternoon of it and have lunch at Atticus, on the ground floor and buy something beautiful at Derek Simpson jewelers, next door.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There was one time I saw the real portrait of Robert Dudley, the sweet heart of Elizabeth I of England. I felt so sorry for the queen as her sweetheart is not quite an eye candy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a free museum. Amazingly as most museums charge between $15 and $30 per entry. Better yet, it is wonderful, accessible and at the time of my visit hosting an extensive and wonderfully curated exhibition "The three Princesses". Visually and auditorily stimulating. Well worth a trip to New Haven.

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They have an amazing summer program for teachers on Visual Literacies. I enjoy coming to this museum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This museum is really a must see for any art enthusiast. There were painting by Constable, Gainsborough and many others. And it's free! I was with my wife and two daughters and we spent about two hours there and saw everything that we wanted to see. We were fortunate in that it was not very crowded when we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

This architectural gem, just recently renovated and reopened is one of my favorite museums in the world. The building itself, the temporary and permanent exhibitions are all marvelous and world class. For anyone interested in British Art, this museum is a must. Plan on spending up to several hours here. It's also a highly educational focused museum so enjoy learning... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is a quiet museum with a nice collection of paintings from the various schools of British Art as well as special exhibitions from time to time. We have enjoyed free concerts of a variety of music genres in the auditorium. It is a nice place to spend an afternoonl

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