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Yale University Art Gallery

1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06520
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Ranked #1 of 33 Attractions in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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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96 reviews 96 reviews
8 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It's amazing that this museum is free to the public. The collection is very diverse and you can spend an hour or an entire afternoon visiting. While most artists are represented by a single work on display, the Gallery provides a good introduction to world art through the ages.

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New York
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4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

It's free with some interesting pieces. There are four floors of exhibits ranging from Modern to European to American. + Free + Political cartoon exhibit - Sculpture garden and terrace are very limited and small

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

What a fabulous collection in a really interesting building, centrally located for the Yale campus. Very helpful students at the lobby desk as well. I saw a special exhibit of work from artists who created pieces made from physical books, etc. that had been curated by students along with others...my congratulations to them for putting together such a great and... More

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Volcano, Hawaii
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This free museum on Yale's campus is absolutely wonderful. It houses a great collection from ancient rome to African, European and American art. There are paintings by Van Goh, Degas, George Serrat. I met a very nice security guard who told me the story of the gallery and this painting by Trumble and where he is buried in the building.... More

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9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

From the magnificent collection and exhibits to the informative tours given by Yale graduate students, Yale Art Gallery is a wonderful place to spend time in New Haven. The collection is rotated so that it never gets stale. Just walking the gallery observing the architectural blending of three buildings, or visiting traveling exhibits make every experience there worth while. Simply... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and varied displays of art and artists. I enjoyed the small but wonderful collection of impressionist's works. The Early American display of silver artifacts was very nice. The European Art section was notable as well. Great place to spend an afternoon and take in beautiful works of art.

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24 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

first thing first: it's free! you can always go in and check if there's something you like and leave if not. most of the things were not my style, but that's subjective and debatable. in my opinion everybody will find something he is interested in and would enjoy. if you have time left: visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

If you haven't been to the Yale Art Gallery in the past couple of years don't put it off - Go! This is a grreat place to learn, contemplate and absorb. The space has been renovated but in keeping with the "Yale atmosphere". The docents are very knowledgable and tours are available to see the highlights. They have such a... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This is more than a place to see art. The recent architectural joining of the old and the new building is something to see. Take the time to walk the stairs and use the elevator to see how beautifully this was done. The exhibits are always interesting, yes, but the venue is quite special.

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Conway, AR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

If you're visiting New Haven this is a must see. I work at Yale and anyone who visits me gets a trip to the art museum. Can't beat the value.

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