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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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Boston MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

All you want and more of British art. Great lighting. Nicely exhibited and spacious - never in a crowded scenario.

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Vancouver
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had no idea that this massive collection of British art was to be found in New Haven, but super glad we were able to check it out. The Stubbes room is fantastic -- massive paintings. Overwhelming!

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Costa Mesa, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Numerous pieces from a variety of known British artists. Exhibits also featured along with a strong permanent collection. Quiet, open, airy top floors, free admission, and a simply delightful gift shop make this a wonderful way to spend a day in New Haven.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Very well displayed works of art. Interesting gift shop. Excellent use of light! Staff was very personable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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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