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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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Description: 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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What a great day. This museum has rotating shows and an exceptional permanent exhibit. Across the street is the Yale art gallery and great food nearby. Perfect!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 via mobile

What a great day. This museum has rotating shows and an exceptional permanent exhibit. Across the street is the Yale art gallery and great food nearby. Perfect!

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

This museum has the largest collection of British art outside the UK, and like in all the museums of Yale University - there's no entrance fee. I enjoyed the vast collection and couldn't help admiring the beautiful building of the museum as well: it was designed by American architect Louis Khan, and it's very impressive. When in New Haven -... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

So classic works, a great facility in the middle of downtown New haven. It is not the Met or Lourve. A Half day trip takes you for the full tour. Yale art museum is across the street so a short walk gets you two for one.

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North Haven, Connecticut, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

This is definitely the best British art collection outside of England. Each floor is crammed with some of the finest works of British art by all the big name painters and artisans from every period. Rooms are big, spacious and airy. There are several spots to sit to ponder and admire the displays and exhibits. Right across the street from... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015 via mobile

Nice gallery to spend an afternoon ... Well layed out and convenient location central to Yale... Quiet rainy afternoon perfect place to hang out and chill

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you have some time, I highly suggest visiting the Yale Center for British Art. You will see some beautiful treasures that will have you memorized.

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Hudson, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The good - - real art with only one room dedicated to modern art. Also, free admission. If you are an anglophile, you must make a note to visit in 2016 when it re-opens. Full disclosure: I am not an anglophile.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Turners, Constables, Colonial art and unique pieces from the last three centuries. There are even a handful of modern pieces.

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Edison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Our second time here and we loved the Victorian Sculpture exhibit. Wonderful pieces that really showed the Victorian artistic talent. Great curatorial explanations for the pieces as well. I just wish there had been postcards or pictures of Victoria and Victorian-related art in the gift shop. I so very much wanted to send to friends cards with some of the... More 

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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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