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Yale Center for British Art

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Address: 1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2302
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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Loved the 1800s British Art

The 4th floor is having very beautiful pictures. It shows how deeply the artists worked at that time to give the paintings a life. If you see them by just a feet you will not be... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The 4th floor is having very beautiful pictures. It shows how deeply the artists worked at that time to give the paintings a life. If you see them by just a feet you will not be able to identify whether they are real or painting. Rest of the floors are also having too beautiful stuff. The Shakespeare diaries exhibited on... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is beautifully designed and holds a very interesting and comprehensive collection of British art along with temporary exhibits including the current unusual and fascinating exhibit of minuture Shakespeare handcrafted books.

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Troy, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a privilege to see these works. So many paintings by Stubbs (eight, I think)! Lighting is excellent.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent collection of British art arranged so as to illustrate the history of Great Britain from Henry VIII to the present. Admission is free, clean restrooms, nice shop. No parking at the museum but garages are nearby. This museum is across street from the Yale Art Gallery which is also well worth a visit. Suggest starting at the top floor... More 

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The long gallery on the 4th floor is a must see, very reminiscent of English painting galleries and much more art is showcased than before. This is definitely worth a stop!

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Simsbury, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yale Center for British Art is not to be missed if you are in New Haven or near Yale University. We visited one morning and started at the top floor and worked our way down. The collection, much of it from the Getty family, is well worth seeing. The special exhibit of old photographs of London from the late 1800s... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent museum. So much to see. Wish I had had more time. They are very strict on time, so don't expect to go one minute beyond closing. Free admission. A definite must do. Even if you only have a small amount of time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great collection of all sorts of art for those interested. Information on each piece wasn't always easy to locate but definitely worth a visit if you have a few hours. Admittance is free.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last week my wife and I travelled to New Haven, CT, to see the newly renovated Yale Center for British Art. It had been closed for some time as they wanted to turn the clock back and make changes that would, among other things, bring it back to the original architect's design. The result of this painstaking work was well... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

We didn't give it enough time, there is just so much to see. The collection is broad and very well organised. If in New Haven take the time to visit.

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