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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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Paris, France
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

My favorite section is the modern American paintings - situated in the farthest wing. It features Thomas Eakins' second biggest painting of the boxing match, truly amazing. If you're lucky - there is a conservation lab downstairs where you can see how the paintings are restored.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

I could spend days here! With a great art collection, helpful staff, and open layout, the Yale Art Gallery is one that I love doing by myself and with friends. All that and there's no charge!

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Lake Bluff, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

A wonderful collection in an amazing building. A fine collection of early American pieces, ancient antiquities, and European art. Most rooms contain reading materials on the pieces housed there.

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wolcott
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

An amazing FREE art gallery in New Haven. Four floors of beautifully displayed art: ancient (including some great Mesopotamian artifacts); African; Asian; medieval; European, American, contemporary. The temporary exhibits included a collection of ancient Roman art, Indonesian and New Guinea artifacts, and several photography exhibits. One of our favorite galleries displayed portraits painted by John Trumbull, an artist who lived... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Take at least 2 hours . And buy the book on the way out. I was very impressed with the collection. Ask for a guided tour and do not miss the beautiful hoppers and the sculpter gallery.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

When I decided to visit this museum, I did not expect to see such a great collection of art. It was such a pleasure seeing the works of Gauguin, van Gogh, Monet, Manet, Rubens, Pissarro, Hals, Warhol, Pollock just to name a few. I was pretty much walking around the museum with my jaw dropped. This is definitely a must... More

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Beautiful renovation of the Yale Art Gallery. Tremendous addition to the Yale visiting experience. Don't miss!

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Living in New Haven I am perhaps biased but the recent redesign/renovation of YUAG landed it at the very top of my favorite galleries (and I have been to a few...). Aside from spectacular art, what makes the gallery so special is the intimate spaces, the constant architectural surprises, all complementing the art (but never competing with it) to create... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

At the Yale art gallery you can easily spend hours there. There is so much to see that you cannot see everything in one day. I have been there several times and still have not seen everything. Very educational.

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Essex, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My son was visiting from out of town, and we had a couple of hours to squeeze in a little fine art. They've an astounding variety of art from around the globe, but especially a collection deep in American art. The installations are smart and pleasing. I especially appreciated how the curators presented the Ancient Art collection by noting the... More

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