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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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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Note: The Center is temporarily closed for building conservation...

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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 11, 2015
Elizabeth M
new canaan ct
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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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new canaan ct
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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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West Hartford CT
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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.

Thank Jleibo
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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Newtown, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Love the collection, and have spent many hours there. The colleciton has some pretty great works, and the time flies by walking the museum. The gift shop also has some really nice finds. We bought a nice glass wall clock and some Christmas ornaments (in July).

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

you can spend hours in this art museum it is so interesting. Hard to believe most of these works were donated by someone his name is Mellon. They only ask for a donation upon leaving. They are currently doing renovations & are not open at this time. Such a shame if you are visiting New Haven. Although there is no... More 

Thank CuzinD
New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

**Currently closed for renovation until July 2016!!** The YCBA is an amazing (and free!) piece of New Haven treasure. Designed by Louis Kahn (who also designed the Art Gallery across the street), the building itself is unassuming from the outside but a piece of art itself on the inside -- there is a glorious amount of natural light. Like the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

great layout and very interesting to walk around. A must. I really enjoy this great for any Art lover, the building is amazing!

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