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Yale Center for British Art

1080 Chapel Street at High St, New Haven, CT 06520
203-432-2858
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Ranked #4 of 31 attractions in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and world-renowned research institute. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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254 reviews 254 reviews
105 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Add this to your New Haven / Yale bucket list. Along with the Art University Art Gallery across the street you should plan a day to see both. The British Art is well represented with some heavy hitters of the British historical art world. The docent tour makes it all understandable for newbies like ourselves. Lots of connections between our... More

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

Paul Mellon's British Art collection, gifted to Yale, is a delight to view and its free. The collection includes paintings dating to the Tudor period as well as numerous works of Britain's 18th c. masters.

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Oxford
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74 reviews 74 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

To see British art that we can't see in the UK was obviously the main draw but I would single out the few pictures that show London before the great fire - views I have never seen before

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new haven, ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a small, wonderful museum. The permanent collection is excellent. If you have children, go hunting for the Zebra. It's a New Haven tradition. Plus, he's easy to discover. Also, read about the architectural history of the building before you arrive.

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Bellingham, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This was truly a haven in New Haven--friendly staff, peaceful setting, allows one to be immersed in another time and world. Period clothing/design aficionados will savor the lush, finely detailed portraits. Check to see which floors are open before you go.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This was a fun couple of hours. It is free to get in, though they request donations at the front door. No photography is allowed. If you're interested in British history, particularly the Tudor period, they have some very interesting artifacts, including jousting match results between King Henry VIII and the King of France. The collection is not limited to... More

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Winnetka, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

The greatest collection of British art outside of London. Simply spectacular in a spectacular edifice.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Enjoyed the experience. The art was first rate, the staff was friendly and helpful. Recommend stopping here.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Mr Mellon has done anyone that enjoys art a big favor with housing his collection in a very fine museum space.

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Milford, Connecticut
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

This is a gem. Admission is free. The collection is deep and wide with outstanding examples of each period displayed. Student-led tours are also available. Spend a few hours or the day-you will not be disappointed.

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