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Yale Center for British Art

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Address: 1080 Chapel Street at High St, New Haven, CT 06520
Phone Number: +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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Nice museum

Very good museum across the street of Yale art gallery. Not very big but one should plan around 2hrs for visit. Good to see if you're in New Haven.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good museum across the street of Yale art gallery. Not very big but one should plan around 2hrs for visit. Good to see if you're in New Haven.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thankfully the Yale Center for British Art is open once again after an extensive renovation. The collections are gorgeous and historically important. Located right across the street from the Yale Art Gallery. Plan on spending the day if possible. Wonderful gift shop!

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Manchester, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located in downtown New Haven, this museum is near many of the city's best restaurants, theaters and shops. Recommend taking elevator up to the main collection on the fourth floor. Museum is well laid out and easy to view. There is presently a special exhibit through November 28th displaying the British Nigerian artist - Yinka Shonibare, Through photography, costume and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Before the paintings and sculptures can even begin to stimulate, the re-opened/re-imagined building itself legitimately claims interest and appreciation. The central circular stairwell allows maximum light through windows and the magnificent skylights. It is Yale and so the design and execution represent not only vision but painstaking execution that brights, frames, highlights and never glares. The treasures shown are well... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Housed in a Louis Kahn masterpiece, the Yale Center for British art is a light filled art museum that can be quickly toured, or you can linger to enjoy the art even more. Kahn’s building is both simple and complex. The first floor is mostly retail including a bookstore and café that is separate from the museum. The museum entrance... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Take ones time to be drawn into culture and art as this museum's promises. An artful display, that will not soon take your breathe away, but is breathless... truly a wonder and amazement in the heart of New Haven.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The building is unique and bears visiting just for the architecture and ambiance. It is downtown and easily reached. the art is very good and displayed on different floors. They change the special exhibits and they are always worth visiting. They have just opened the "Long Gallery' which displays an eclectic grouping of some of their art treasures and should... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

The Louis Kahn building is appropriately minimalist so that the art shines and the light is perfect. The collection spans many centuries and offers insight into period English life as well as the art. More here than can be absorbed in one visit. The Long Gallery alone merits an afternoon.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Very nice gallery located in central New Haven. Free to enter, and has a good mix of modern and older art-work. signage was mostly good, except in the "long room/gallery" where I think the artwork changes regularly and so signage is hard to keep up with - but they tried.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

This is the premier collection of British art outside of Britain. The location is across the street from the Yale University Gallery. Yes, it is free. It was founded and conceived by Paul Mellon, of the Mellon banking and Gulf Oil family, whose personal collection forms the basis for the permanent collection. Firstly, the architecture. Designed by Louis Kahn, the... More 

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