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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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I fell in love with the YCBA a few summers back but now love taking my 2 year old to see "neigh... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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World Class Museum

I love this museum. The highlight an incredible trove of English painting from about 1500 to the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 days ago via mobile

I fell in love with the YCBA a few summers back but now love taking my 2 year old to see "neigh neighs" and "doggies." Kid friendly docents and security, great ambience! Beautiful collections.

Thank Mrbrowncanmoo
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this museum. The highlight an incredible trove of English painting from about 1500 to the present; sculpture and works on paper also on view, but the painting collection steals the show. The strength is British Art from 1500 - 1850; there is more...More

Thank antiques223
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So striking is the collection of Turner, Reynolds, Hockney, Stubbs and so many more I would have happily stayed for a week. This surpasses anything in the U.K.

Thank david b
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Largest collection of British Art outside U.K. Permanent collection is fascinating and seasonal special exhibitions always offer new ideas and things that haven't been seen before

Thank joansten
Reviewed 17 May 2017

This art museum has lovely examples of British art, very knowledgeably curated, and well-laid out. You may also be able to catch a smart lecture in its hall. The building is beautiful and well-lighted, and will put you in a contemplative and bright mood. Go!

Thank Tmary2014
Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

There are four levels with an exhibition section. The fourth floor has Turner, Constable, Sargent , Reynolds and Gainsborough. At different times of the day the natural lightening enhances the paintings and since the museum is free it is well worth returning to. The facility...More

1  Thank Estell S
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Everyone should visit here at least once to see the beautiful pictures and the history behind them. I never learned so much history in one day then I did visiting this museum. My Husband is a very big history man and he took me here...More

Thank dorbillk
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

Again, it's a place around Yale that rewards folks who study up a bit or get told things by others who do. Founded by a guy who did not believe in putting his name on everything he gave money too. It's a very sweet place...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 29 April 2017

If you find yourself near the New Haven, Connecticut area don’t miss this gem called the Yale Center for British Art. Check out their site for special exhibits too. I was lucky to see an exhibit that was previewed at the center before it headed...More

Thank TravelingSpinsterTA
Reviewed 27 April 2017

Largest collection of British Art outside of England. Wonderful docents and great special exhibitions. We especially love the physician/docent who described the condition causing the death of one of the featured Princesses'

Thank Maryann01
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Are photographs of paintings in the permanent collection allowed?
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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Is this meusem kid friendly? I'm thinking of suggesting a school trip for my son's kindergarten class this year, but I want to make sure it's appropriate first. Thanks!
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.
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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.