Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

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The Yale Center for British Art houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the collection reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward. The Center’s collections include more than 2,000 paintings and 250 sculptures, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 40,000 prints and 35,000 rare books and manuscripts. More than 40,000 volumes supporting research in British art and related fields are available in the Reference Library.

The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and programs. Resources include a reference library and study room for examining works on paper, as well as rare books and manuscripts. Opened to the public in 1977, the Center is the final building designed by 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 absolutely lovely. It has four floors of well-curated art, with fantastic work by Eileen Hogan, landscapes and portraits, photography, and more modern art. It's worth some time to wande...  more »
  • If you think of European art, you’ll probably think of Italian or French works. But English art is worth your attention too. A fine example of this is the Yale Museum of British Art. They have works b...  more »
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  • Much more contemporary art; new revolving installations; great gift shop. Best of all, the museum is free. Take advantage of the tours. Docents are very knowledgeable. Checkout the website for details about tours.
  • Have been meaning to visit this pearl at Yale for a year and finally made a trek to New Haven. Impressive gift shop and free entry for all who visit. Multiple floors of special exhibition and a comprehensive permanent collection of important paintings. The space is modern and offers wonderful lighting and exceptional vistas of the exhibits from multiple levels allowing the guest to view and review pieces over and over with different perspective and almost sudden surprise. The Eileen Hogan exhibit currently on view was a delicious treat into the style and discipline of an extraordinary talent.

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