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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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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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The British are Here

Largest collection of British Art outside U.K. Permanent collection is fascinating and seasonal special exhibitions always offer new ideas and things that haven't been seen before

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Orange, Connecticut
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Orange, Connecticut
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Largest collection of British Art outside U.K. Permanent collection is fascinating and seasonal special exhibitions always offer new ideas and things that haven't been seen before

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This art museum has lovely examples of British art, very knowledgeably curated, and well-laid out. You may also be able to catch a smart lecture in its hall. The building is beautiful and well-lighted, and will put you in a contemplative and bright mood. Go!

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Rye, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are four levels with an exhibition section. The fourth floor has Turner, Constable, Sargent , Reynolds and Gainsborough. At different times of the day the natural lightening enhances the paintings and since the museum is free it is well worth returning to. The facility is beautifully designed. Each area has detailed time outlines of the art being seen. This... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone should visit here at least once to see the beautiful pictures and the history behind them. I never learned so much history in one day then I did visiting this museum. My Husband is a very big history man and he took me here to see all this art and I was just amazed at it all. If you... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Again, it's a place around Yale that rewards folks who study up a bit or get told things by others who do. Founded by a guy who did not believe in putting his name on everything he gave money too. It's a very sweet place and it seems more likely to wink at the Queen and show art with flair... More 

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Denton, Texas
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you find yourself near the New Haven, Connecticut area don’t miss this gem called the Yale Center for British Art. Check out their site for special exhibits too. I was lucky to see an exhibit that was previewed at the center before it headed back to London to be displayed at Kensington Palace. What a treat. IT’s the perfect... More 

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Fall River, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Largest collection of British Art outside of England. Wonderful docents and great special exhibitions. We especially love the physician/docent who described the condition causing the death of one of the featured Princesses'

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Bolton, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

The special exhibit on Princesses Charlotte, Augusta, and Caroline was great fun. Beautiful paintings, medals and coins, information on how these 3 women influenced gardening, art, education, industry, and more. The rest of the museum was very nice too. And all free.

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 13 April 2017

The Louis Kahn architecture is magnificent. This always free museum is so perfect it difficult to describe. Accessible, beautifully hung art, perfect lighting and doable in a part of a day if you are short of time. Be sure to go to the 4th floor and enjoy the views of shadow and light, in addition to the wonderful collection of... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

A wonderful collection in a Louis Kahn building, and it's free. Put it on your list if you're in town. And go see the Constable cloud studies.

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