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Yale Center for British Art

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Address: 1080 Chapel Street at High St, New Haven, CT 06520
Phone Number: +1 203-432-2800
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Note: The Center is temporarily closed for building conservation through...

Note: The Center is temporarily closed for building conservation through February 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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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Great museum

This is definitely a museum to visit when it opens after the renovation (it is closed now till spring of 2016). It has a great collection of British Art. It also has an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New Haven, Connecticut
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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is definitely a museum to visit when it opens after the renovation (it is closed now till spring of 2016). It has a great collection of British Art. It also has an interesting architecture designed by Louis Kahn.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Turners, Constables, Grubbs, and you name it. The best of British art is here, in a very interesting Louis Kahn designed building. You will not be able to see it all in one day. And the Yale University Art Gallery across the street is even better. You could lose a week in New Haven visiting these two alone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This museum is currently undergoing renovations and is closed. It is slated for a re-opening in May of 2016. We have visited this museum times in the past and every trip was enjoyable. They have four floors with three having exhibits. Looking forward to its reopening. It has free admission like the Yale Art Gallery.

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Washington, Ct
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

It is an incredibly beautiful place and it has an wonderful collection of British art. Too bad-- at the moment it is closed for renovation. Put it in your calendar, however, if you plan to visit New Haven next year.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Very clean and modern with lots of beautiful art in a great location on downtown new haven, a must see when combined with a great restaurant visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

Althugh currently under renovation, the museum will reopen in early 2016. It is a must-see attraction in New Haven and for visitors from all over the world. Much of the exhibition space is devoted to work from the permanent collection, one of the finest of British art outside the UK. Temporary exhibitions are on display throughout the year. There is... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

Fabulous collection, but the Yale Center fro British Art is CLOSED and will be for quite some time for renovations. I think the reviewer might have confused the British Museum with the Yale Gallery across the street.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Finally had a chance to visit the Center for British Art and was delighted with the collection. Admittedly, much of the art was not my style, however the architecture of the building and the collection are both quite impressive. Like the Yale Art Gallery, admission is free, which is the price all museum should cost. They are closing for a... More 

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Woodbridge, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Great collection right in the middle of new haven. The museum is large, but not overwhelming and easy to see in just a few hours.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Simply one of the best collections of British art anywhere, especially 18th-19th century art; not huge but everything is quality. No admission fee. Nice gift shop, too! Temporarily closed but SO worth a visit when it's re-opened!

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