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Yale Center for British Art

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Address: 1080 Chapel St, New Haven, CT 06510-2302
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+1 203-432-2800
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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This museum is really a must see for any art enthusiast. There were painting by Constable, Gainsborough and many others. And it's free! I was with my wife and two daughters and we... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum is really a must see for any art enthusiast. There were painting by Constable, Gainsborough and many others. And it's free! I was with my wife and two daughters and we spent about two hours there and saw everything that we wanted to see. We were fortunate in that it was not very crowded when we visited.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This architectural gem, just recently renovated and reopened is one of my favorite museums in the world. The building itself, the temporary and permanent exhibitions are all marvelous and world class. For anyone interested in British Art, this museum is a must. Plan on spending up to several hours here. It's also a highly educational focused museum so enjoy learning... More 

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West Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a quiet museum with a nice collection of paintings from the various schools of British Art as well as special exhibitions from time to time. We have enjoyed free concerts of a variety of music genres in the auditorium. It is a nice place to spend an afternoonl

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We only had a short time in The Centre but managed to walk around the 3rd and 4th floors. Entry is free and the place deserved more time than we had to give it. The floors are arranged around a centrAl courtyard and the painting have excellent descriptions. The are beautifully displayed. We saw masterpieces by Reynolds, Stubbs, Gainsborough, Turner,... More 

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Highly annotated and explained displays. Wide range of subject matter, well organized for perusal. One can learn the driving forces behind the art commissioned easily

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

We went to the British museum for the first time recently. Free admission was just one of the influencers. We were fortunate to arrive for the 1:00 pm tour. The week we went they were having a showing of nautical paintings of Great Britain's 17th and 18th century naval ships. The docent was very knowledgeable. We will go again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

Very good museum across the street of Yale art gallery. Not very big but one should plan around 2hrs for visit. Good to see if you're in New Haven.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

Thankfully the Yale Center for British Art is open once again after an extensive renovation. The collections are gorgeous and historically important. Located right across the street from the Yale Art Gallery. Plan on spending the day if possible. Wonderful gift shop!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Located in downtown New Haven, this museum is near many of the city's best restaurants, theaters and shops. Recommend taking elevator up to the main collection on the fourth floor. Museum is well laid out and easy to view. There is presently a special exhibit through November 28th displaying the British Nigerian artist - Yinka Shonibare, Through photography, costume and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Before the paintings and sculptures can even begin to stimulate, the re-opened/re-imagined building itself legitimately claims interest and appreciation. The central circular stairwell allows maximum light through windows and the magnificent skylights. It is Yale and so the design and execution represent not only vision but painstaking execution that brights, frames, highlights and never glares. The treasures shown are well... More 

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