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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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53 reviews 53 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The central courtyard that lets natural light is a major factor for the success of this museum. We especially enjoyed the exhibit on Artist's Books, as well as the one on American photographers in Britain and Ireland.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

From the moment you walk in the building you are surrounded by beauty. The building designed by Kahn is simply gorgeous in red oak and polished and houses the permanent collection of Paul Mellon. The permanent collection is lovely and displayed in perfect settings.

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Burlington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a small museum, with a wide selection of British art from the very beginnings through today. A very pleasurable way pass a few hours. No charge for admission.

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Just walking inside of a Louis Kahn building was worth the visit alone but the collection is superb too. Spend time just taking in the great architecture

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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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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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