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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 collection

We visited both the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art today. Both were... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Kay M
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Augusta, GA
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Dance and art in one place - wow!

I was fortunate enough to be at the museum for an avant- guard dance performance which took up... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
singersus
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Richmond, Virginia
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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
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited both the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Center for British Art today. Both were excellent, but I give this museum one more star because of the size of the collection for being outside of Britain, the flow of the exhibits, the architecture...More

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was fortunate enough to be at the museum for an avant- guard dance performance which took up throughout the museum to watch the dancers perform in various galleries and interact with the art. It was a brilliant way to see the art! I was...More

Thank singersus
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 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 22 December 2017 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 7 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.

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Reviewed 11 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
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Reviewed 11 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
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Reviewed 2 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
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Reviewed 23 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
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Reviewed 7 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

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AccessGuy
29 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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S.A. D
10 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.
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