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“World Class Art for free”

Yale University Art Gallery
Ranked #1 of 54 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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“World Class Art for free”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

Living in the area, I always took this museum for granted. Then, with out-of-town friends, I visited MOMA in NYC. My reaction to MOMA was: why did I pay $25 and fight long lines when New Haven has a museum with the same or better quality art for free and without crowds? The only drawback is New Haven's restricted parking: go on a Sunday when street parking is free. The crown jewels are still the foundational paintings by John Trumbull. You will recognize them from every US history text you ever read. As others have stated, there are also lots of other great pieces of art. The lack of crowds and admission fees means you may linger at will. You can, also, cross the street to see the British Art Museum or the School of Art exhibitions, or just stroll about the beautiful Yale campus. Oh, and, if your haberdashery inclines to tinfoil, you may view the Skull and Bones courtyard from the upper floor windows.

Visited July 2013
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“What a collection!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

Just to be clear, I am a novice art lover. But this collection at Yale is quite amazing. The art gallery is enclosed in a beautifully renovated wing that exposes the gothic architecture that makes Yale so great. You can see any type of art in the gallery such as Pollocks, Renoir and Picasso's to name a few. Do not pass up an opportunity to visit this beautiful facility and take a walk around New Haven which has a lot to offer. After all, the hamburger was invented in New Haven at Louis Lunch on Crown Street.

Visited June 2013
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New Haven, Connecticut
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“A world class collection in a world class setting”
5 of 5 bubbles 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”
5 of 5 bubbles 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”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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