Yale Center for British Art

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Yale Center for British Art

Yale Center for British Art
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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As a COVID-19 precaution, the Yale Center for British Art is closed until further notice. We are committed to the health, safety, and well-being of our visitors and staff. Note that all March and April tours are canceled, and many upcoming programs are canceled or postponed. We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your support and understanding. Please continue to check britishart.yale.edu for updates. Posted: March 13, 2020
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Christopher H
2 contributions
An important collection ill-served by its captions
May 2021
I've been meaning for four years to write about our visit of May 2017 - ignore the date "May 2021" shown here - but remain impelled even now to do so, as will be seen shortly. It might be that what gave rise to my cavil has since been modified.

This collection is almost certainly the largest and finest gathering of British art outside the UK. Quality is high, and pieces are well displayed and in good condition. We particularly liked the chronological layout, with individual rooms devoted to art of a certain period. And it's a good idea to display placards giving some background to each period ... at least, it would be. For, the placards contain basic factual errors - the year of the immediately post-WWII General Election, for example, and the political position of the man who was the main driver behind introduction of the pre-WWI welfare reforms - which, while none of them matters greatly on their own, give no grounds for confidence that the writer knows their stuff sufficently to provide knowledgeable and objective summaries. Unfortunately these fears are borne out. Too often, interpretation veers into unjustifiable prejudice which has been taken in hook, line and sinker by some visitors giving reviews below.

Here's just one: a comment to the effect that C18 British high society was "xenophobic". Really? In living memory Britain had had a Dutch king and then enjoyed a succession of German kings and their queens, Germans all. British aristocrats went on their Grand Tour and brought back not only Continental, chiefly Italian, artifacts, but plans to re-build their stately homes in the style of Palladio, interiors modelled by Italian stuccadori. Following long established practice starting with Holbein and continuing in C17 with Rubens, Lely and Artemisia Gentileschi amongst others, several foreign artists worked in C18 Britain - Kneller, Nollekens, Roubiliac, Angelica Kaufmann - some of them settling permanently in the country; for portraits, Batoni was frequently preferred to native British portraitists. And in music, who was the supreme composer in C18 Britain? Georg Friederich Händel, and his most serious rival for British affections was Buononcini.

No, the notion is absurd and unworthy of a serious academic institution, and there were several other such 'interpretative' judgments. What is even more disappointing about them is that someone in the organisation has no love for the nation that produced the art of which this institution holds such an important collection.
Written May 12, 2021
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Isabel089
Boston, MA118 contributions
Terrific collection; worth more than one visit
Mar 2020
We managed in about 3 hours to see almost all of the collection which contains so many great British artists of the 18th and 19th centuries, especially portraits and landscapes. All beautifully displayed in an understated but appealing building.
Written March 13, 2020
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Clare-Marie Panno
South Salem, NY22 contributions
Excellent Exhibit- Victorian Radicals
Feb 2020 • Couples
Just completed the docent tour of Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts and Crafts Movement which runs until May 10, 2020. This was the first time some of these paintings and other works have ever been shown outside of the UK, and well worth the visit! Open any book from the Pre-Raphaelite period and you will see these works. Our docent “Boots” was terrific too. She really brought the time period to life. She shared so many of the political, cultural and social details, none of us wanted the tour to end.
Written February 28, 2020
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IndiaDaSilva
Monroe, CT228 contributions
Amazing building
Feb 2020 • Friends
The museum is free. It has a collection of British paints and some artifacts. The building itself is a piece of art. Louis Kahn is the architect.
Written February 17, 2020
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holly h
5 contributions
What an incredible gem
Jan 2020 • Couples
This is one of the great Museums in the northeast and a treasure for New Haven
There actually are no other museums for British art- the architecture is brilliant and provides a magical environment for a world class collection
Temporary exhibits are also terrific
Run don’t walk to visit!
Written February 13, 2020
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James3086
London, UK14 contributions
Phenomenal collection
Jul 2019
Worth the trip to New Haven even if you aren't going to visit Yale.
The collection is phenomenal. I particularly enjoyed the Constables.
Also, the gift shop has a great collection of British items.
Written February 11, 2020
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twomartinilunch
Middlebury, VT559 contributions
Not sure what impresses me more, the Kahn-designed building or the art?
Jan 2020
Enjoy the art while you move through a marvelous Louis Kahn-designed building. And be sure to stop at Atticus on the ground floor for a bite to eat and coffee before or after your time there. And of course, visit the museum gift shop! Thank you, Paul Mellon and a special thank you to Louis Kahn. The gift of art and architecture is amazing.
Written January 31, 2020
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Mark
17 contributions
Exquisite Lighting
Jan 2020
First off, the building is a fantastic architectural masterpiece by Louis Kahn--for some, that is sufficient reason to visit in and of itself. The galleries are spacious and built around a large open center--which is itself a gorgeous, wood-paneled gallery. Natural light is masterfully directed, especially to a large, beautiful Turner piece--it's worth a visit just to check it out: whoever curated that particular piece deserves a hearty handshake. Featuring exclusively British art (as the name might suggest) it is packed with art that will delight both the novice and pro. Their relatively new "big gallery" is a long room with art from floor to ceiling that mixes art from all eras and genres and is divided into topics (military, equestrian, nautical, etc)--it is jaw-dropping and in my estimation the way art should always be displayed. You could just visit the "big gallery" and go away satisfied. Of course, like the Yale Art Gallery across the street, there's never an admission charge--which makes it one of the great amenities of living in or visiting New Haven. Also, conveniently, there is reasonably priced pay parking behind the museum which is handy, since downtown is often packed and parking can be difficult. Easy access to restaurants, the Yale Center for British Art is a mandatory stop if you're in New Haven. Walk a block West to Book Trader for a tasty sandwich and the best bookstore in town.
Written January 8, 2020
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SVM0927
15 contributions
Gem in the heart of New Haven
Dec 2019 • Family
Great little gem of a museum in the heart of New Haven. While the second floor wasn’t really open. The 3rd and 4th floors were with some absolutely beautiful paintings by mostly British artists from the 16th to the 19th centuries. we even enjoyed the gift shop filled with a variety of British goods and gifts. Free admission to the museum. The 3rd floor exhibit is “Migrating Worlds: The Art of the Moving Image in Britain. This exhibit offers fresh perspectives on contemporary life and culture that encompass the diverse cultural histories that make up contemporary Britain.
Written December 28, 2019
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SunE45
Paris, France126 contributions
Of great interest
Dec 2019 • Solo
Some great contemporary pieces, video installations and helpful staff. A very stimulating curation. Excellent addition to this town.
Written December 9, 2019
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