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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 33 Attractions in New Haven
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Yale Center for British Art is a special place. I saw several interesting special exhibits and their collection of British Art is really impressive. The building itself is a treat to walk around in. It's definitely worth visiting if you are at Yale in New Haven.

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Weston, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The permanent collection here is excellent and they usually have interesting shows to see on rotation. We find this is always a pleasurable visit for a couple of hours on a nice afternoon - good pre-dinner or pre-lunch activity. Don't miss it!

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

The Yale Center for British Art is a gem and, by itself, worth a trip to New Haven. The permanent collection includes wonderful large Turners and small Constables and some paintings by Stubbs that are outstanding. The collection covers several centuries and provides a rewarding view of the development of British art. Temporary exhibitions are always interesting, beautifully curated, and... More

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

This is a lovely museum of a good size. For the interested visitor, I would say 3 hrs for a visit. It has one of the best collections of British Art outside the National Gallery in London. The Turners in particular are worth the trip. The museum is of course free, and the gift shop is kitschy, but cute. Keep... More

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Merida, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

great art collection. I didint know many artists but worth the time. Nice paintings. Staff very gentle and helpfull

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Durham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Both the special exhibits and the regular collection are wonderful. Curators have done a marvelous job with topcs from collage to slavery.

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Galway, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Amazing art, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, and books comprise an extensive collection of British art, the largest outside the UK itself. The museum evolved from an endowment to the University from Paul Mellon, one of Yale's most successful graduates. The stunning architctural design allows visitors to view the exhibits in as much natural light as possible. Entrance is free and docent... More

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Kew Gardens, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 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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