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Yale Center for British Art

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Address: 1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2302
Phone Number: +1 203-432-2800
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Both the special exhibits and the regular collection are wonderful. Curators have done a marvelous job with topcs from collage to slavery.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2014
Durham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2014

Both the special exhibits and the regular collection are wonderful. Curators have done a marvelous job with topcs from collage to slavery.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2014

Amazing art, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, and books comprise an extensive collection of British art, the largest outside the UK itself. The museum evolved from an endowment to the University from Paul Mellon, one of Yale's most successful graduates. The stunning architctural design allows visitors to view the exhibits in as much natural light as possible. Entrance is free and docent... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2014 via mobile

Modern buildings are often cold and impersonable. The British museum allows light into the galleries through a central courtyard, making it rather cheerful. There are many lovely paintings and sculptures on exhibit. The museum reinforces the tremendous contributions of Britain to the arts around the world. Special exhibitions handle topics, such as colonialism, sensitively and in a forthright manner.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

If you like British landscape artists such as Constable and Turner, you will be amazed to find some truly lovely pieces of art in this well funded small town. Admission is free and there are no crowds to contend with. Comfortable seating for contemplating a favorite work of art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2014

Yale does look very British as it was designed to look like it's been there forever and it pulls it off. This is like stepping into the UK with only British artists on display. An unusual proposition in America who kicked Britain to the kerb long ago. Worth a visit if you can't get to UK.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2014

All you want and more of British art. Great lighting. Nicely exhibited and spacious - never in a crowded scenario.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2014

We had no idea that this massive collection of British art was to be found in New Haven, but super glad we were able to check it out. The Stubbes room is fantastic -- massive paintings. Overwhelming!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2014

Numerous pieces from a variety of known British artists. Exhibits also featured along with a strong permanent collection. Quiet, open, airy top floors, free admission, and a simply delightful gift shop make this a wonderful way to spend a day in New Haven.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2014

Very well displayed works of art. Interesting gift shop. Excellent use of light! Staff was very personable.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2014

Quiet museum .the photo exhibit was well spread out, had good notes and was free. I didn't have time to see the rest of the museum but will go back next time.I will go back.... nice museum shop too!

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