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“A world class collection in a world class setting”

Yale University Art Gallery
Ranked #1 of 58 things to do in New Haven
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Owner description: Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in America. The Gallery’s encyclopedic holdings of 200,000 objects range from ancient times to the present day and represent civilizations from around the globe. FREE and open to the public. On December 12, 2012, the Yale University Art Gallery celebrated the grand opening of the renovated and expanded museum. The expanded Gallery transforms the visitor experience of both the museum and its esteemed collections. The project united the 1953 modernist structure designed by Louis Kahn, the 1928 Old Yale Art Gallery, and the 1866 Street Hall into one continuous structure while maintaining the distinctive architectural identity of each.
New Haven, Connecticut
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49 reviews
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“A world class collection in a world class setting”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

The recently renovated space sets off the many gems and less-well-known gems of this collection--and it's free to get in, unlike so many museums of analogous quality. The original building from the 19th century has been seamlessly melded with the Louis Kahn building of the late 1950s and the 2010-13 renovations. It's allowed art that was rarely displayed a proper showcase, such as the fine collections from Oceania and southeast Asia (elegantly curated by former Ashmolean curator Ruth Barnes). Come to see the Van Gogh, and stay for everything else--and be sure to cross the street to the British Art Center. It was Louis Kahn's last commission, so you get your art and architectural history in one block!

Visited June 2013
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“Both the Yale University Art Gallery and the British Art Center”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Both Art Galleries at Yale are conveniently located on Chapel Street-one opposite the other. The Yale University Art Gallery has just re-opened after a rwo year renovation which makes it the largest University Art Gallery in the country> (I believe.).Its collection is vast, including European paintings from several centuries ago to American Art, to silver, glassware==something for everyone's interest.

The British Museum across the street was funded by Andrew Mellon and has enough British Art and objects on display to satisfy the most dedicated Anglophile .

Visited June 2013
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“great art, beautiful new spaces”
Reviewed July 27, 2013

The recent renovation of YUAG (what an acronym!) has made it a unified space occupying three very different buildings. Each keeps its character, especially the old original late 19th-century gallery, where American art (what a collection! the history of the revolution in its Trumbulls) is hung above an old-style wainscoting in American Gothic splendor.

Visited July 2013
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“Don't miss it”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Second largest university art gallery in the world, and a world-class museum. Don't miss it. And don't forget the nearby Yale Center for British Art.

Visited July 2013
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“Art Splendor”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Overwhelmed with surprise and delight at the breadth and depth of the new Yale University Art Gallery's offerings. Starting with ancient civilizations, segueing to Colonial days, internationally famous paintings of all genre makes you stop and catch your breath at the vast treasures within. Knowledgeable and helpful staff made the visit even more enjoyable. You may arrange a docent for your visit but need 2 weeks advance notice. This is a must see!

Visited July 2013
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