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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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Superb local museum!

Right across the street from the Yale Art Gallery, this is yet another entity with free admission... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Who's O
Excellent Museum in Downtown New Haven

This museum has recently been renovated. It is the largest collection of British Art outside of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
mike l
Hamden, Connecticut
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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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a rainy day trip, my wife and I visited this museum for the first time. It is wonderful! We visited during the week, and there were minimal visitors to this beautifully constructed facility. British paintings old and new. Admission is free. If you appreciate...More

Thank John M
Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

The paintings were amazing. You need to allow a couple hours to see the paintings. It is free to go in and see

Thank Timothy P
Reviewed 5 August 2017

This facility and collection invite the artist/patron of the arts to revel in the creative endeavors of some of Britain's greatest artists - truly a must-see if you're in the region. Free, easy to access and well worth a couple of hours of time, for...More

Thank familygal2017
Reviewed 30 July 2017

Some shows are outstanding, others are place-holders. Worth taking a look for the first time.Good space, expertly-curated.

Thank nytexano
Reviewed 28 July 2017

I'm by no means an art lover. Kinda drug in following my wife. The surprise was on me. It was great. I enjoyed every part of the museum. Finding the entrance is another matter. Do NOT look for it on Chapel St. Highly Recommended.

Thank Tupelo010835
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Interesting collection of British Art. Well organized and kept by one of the most dedicated staffs I've ever talked with. Congratulations!

Thank Roberto D
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

We crossed the street after visiting the Yale Art Gallery, so it was hard to compare this to that. I found the art to be somewhat darker and more somber and less interesting, but, still, certainly worth visiting, especially for a free admission. I liked...More

Thank pfefmeister
Reviewed 20 July 2017

The staff were incredibly friendly and helpful. The entryway is gorgeous as the light streams in over the sculptures. Otherwise, it was not my style of art. Yes, there is variety but the majority is portrait and modern art. I enjoyed the few landscapes and...More

Thank Annie O
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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.
S.A. D
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.