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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 #3 of 32 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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Kew Gardens, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Modern buildings are often cold and impersonable. The British museum allows light into the galleries through a central courtyard, making it rather cheerful. There are many lovely paintings and sculptures on exhibit. The museum reinforces the tremendous contributions of Britain to the arts around the world. Special exhibitions handle topics, such as colonialism, sensitively and in a forthright manner.

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

If you like British landscape artists such as Constable and Turner, you will be amazed to find some truly lovely pieces of art in this well funded small town. Admission is free and there are no crowds to contend with. Comfortable seating for contemplating a favorite work of art.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Yale does look very British as it was designed to look like it's been there forever and it pulls it off. This is like stepping into the UK with only British artists on display. An unusual proposition in America who kicked Britain to the kerb long ago. Worth a visit if you can't get to UK.

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Boston MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

All you want and more of British art. Great lighting. Nicely exhibited and spacious - never in a crowded scenario.

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had no idea that this massive collection of British art was to be found in New Haven, but super glad we were able to check it out. The Stubbes room is fantastic -- massive paintings. Overwhelming!

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Costa Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Numerous pieces from a variety of known British artists. Exhibits also featured along with a strong permanent collection. Quiet, open, airy top floors, free admission, and a simply delightful gift shop make this a wonderful way to spend a day in New Haven.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Very well displayed works of art. Interesting gift shop. Excellent use of light! Staff was very personable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Quiet museum .the photo exhibit was well spread out, had good notes and was free. I didn't have time to see the rest of the museum but will go back next time.I will go back.... nice museum shop too!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Biggest collection of British art outside Britain. Free admission. Absolutely wonderful. Well laid out and good lighting.

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Marblehead, MA, USA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Housed in a very modern building, the Center for British Art has some good artwork but pales in comparison to the Yale Art Museum across the street. It likely serves the art scholars well.

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