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Yale University Art Gallery

1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06520
203-432-0600
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Ranked #1 of 31 attractions in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art 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... more » 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. « less
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Melbourne, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

There is a lot to see in a very representative collection. Of particular interest was the Trumbull depictions of Revolutionary War events. The range of artistic styles is great while the the museum is small enough to see everything in about two hours. There is no entrance fee so a donation on the way out is the right thing to... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Caught the year end 'student's exhibition.' As a lover of all things design related, I was a happy camper. PS: If you can snag a student, they will gladly take you up to the famed 'studio spaces' on the highest floor. The building itself is a jaw dropper of 'Brutalist' architecture.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Yale University Art Gallery completed a major renovation in December 2012. The result is a beautiful and expansive gallery. We spent three hours there and probably saw only a third of the collections. I was especially impressed with the collection of artist John Trumbull, the American Revolutionary War artist.

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NorthEast
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

It is FREE, has great speaking docents and thousands of pieces on display. It's a HAT TRICK for the visitor. The 45 minute tour is lively, well paced and visitor friendly. Enough said, you have to go - Don't Miss It!

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Champaign, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Yale University's art gallery has an outstanding collection of American and European art and sculpture. They have a large collection of Roman sculpture. Additionally, they have the Dura-Europa collection. Dura Europa was an ancient city where Hebrews, Christians and pagans lived side by side. Yale archaeologists recovered and preserved the remains of an ancient synagogue, an early house where Christians... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Everyone kept telling me how great this art museum is. And I went in expecting a few fantastic pieces. Imagine my surprise to see almost all of my favorite surrealists represented. And I don't mean with a piece here or there. They had several originals of amazing artwork that I could see up close and personal. Some of the artists:... More

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Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Make time to visit the expanded and renovated Yale Art Gallery because you will NOT be disappointed. The recent expansion has provided more space, SO, more of the museum's outstanding and diverse collection is on display. There are NO lines to deal with and admission is free (a minimal donation is suggested). Couple your museum tour with a visit across... More

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Cobleskill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

A wonderful art museum with a wide variety of works and special exhibits. We went for a lecture as part of the International Festival of Arts and Ideas (free!) in the auditorium, which had excellent sound and lighting and adequate seats. We stayed to wander some of the exhibits (free!!) and got to see some fascinating art. Would have stayed... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

As a Bostonian and a fan of the Harvard Art Museums, I had considered the YU Art Gallery's collection so-so. Now, I'm eating my words. The recent expansion and renovation has given Yale the opportunity to display its diverse and outstanding collection. Kudos to the curators and, Harvard listen, the trustees who decided that admission should be FREE.

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Aberdeen, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I get to New Haven rarely so this was my introduction to the "new" YU Art Gallery, expanded and renovated. I know quite a bit about the collection and have visited 2 or 3 times in years past, but this time I was, as they say, "gobsmacked." The old Louis Kahn building has been woven together with adjacent and newly... More

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