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Yale University Art Gallery

Address: 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06520
Phone Number: 203-432-0600
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Ranked #1 of 29 Attractions in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings of 200,000 objects range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. FREE and open to the public. On December 12, 2012, the Yale University Art Gallery celebrated the grand opening of the renovated and expanded museum. The expanded Gallery transforms the visitor experience of both the museum and its esteemed collections. The project united the 1953 modernist structure designed by Louis Kahn, the 1928 Old Yale Art Gallery, and the 1866 Street Hall into one continuous structure while maintaining the distinctive architectural identity of each.

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is a spectacular art gallery, with an exciting college of contemporary paintings in beautiful frames. The lovely spaces go on and on. We can't wait to return next time we visit Yale.

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North Haven, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I have visited this art gallery for over over 50 years and it's new and exciting every time I walk through the doors. The permanent pieces are all must see and the new shows never cease to amaze me. No matter what period you enjoy or what style you like it is here for you. Open and spacious each room... More 

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Columbia, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

As others have mentioned the recent renovation has kicked things up a few notches, this in now a world class museum equal to any in the country. Coupled with the British collection across the street( slated for its own renovation as I write) this is a worthy destination for anyone visiting Boston, New York, or Providence.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

It is amazing to me that the Yale University Art Gallery is 100% free. They have a large collection of diverse art, and you could spent quite some time enjoying the gallery. It is nice to be able to drop in and see specific collections quickly before or after a meal in New Haven as well. The current collections range... More 

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Darien, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

The newly renovated Gallery show thousands of works, but only 4% of their collection. Exhibits change frequently even in the permanent collection, and there are usually special exhibits on display. This is truly a world-class collection ranging from ancient art to Africa, from Van Gogh to Warhol. And 99% of it is exhibited without glass, though friendly but efficient guards... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Yale university art gallery was the first attraction that we visited during our visit to New Haven, and undoubtedly the best in town. It's free of charge and photography is allowed (without flash). The rich collection includes African and Ancient art on one hand and Impressionist and Modern art of the greatest artists on the other. There are numerous outstanding... More 

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Los Altos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Good size museum with collections spanning art from ancient to modern art. Very impressive ercheological collection from mesopotamie, including items like thouse presented in the Pergamon and the Louvre. The modern art section was also fun: I particularly enjoyed a temp exhibition of sculptures made of books. Food for thought.

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Manchester CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great way to spend a few hours, kind of a maze, always feel like Im getting lost! Super art, fabulous sculpture. Amazing history and free go in. Parking on Chapel street good deal to keep car out of elements. Short walk to the gallery. We usually try to go 3 times a year.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The renovated gallery is just an incredible resource in New Haven. Lots of variety of work from ancient time to modern, and contemporary. The set up is very family friendly, easily accessible, and user friendly. The gallery's rooms are of all different sizes, from small to large, and are an absolute delight. Wonderful gallery, highly recommended.

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Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We stopped in for about an hour this weekend and were surprised that we really needed much more time to see everything. They have a wide variety of collections and have some really great modern art. Definitely worth stopping in when you are in New Haven! And the best part is admission is free.

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