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Yale Center for British Art, New Haven
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The Yale Center for British Art at Yale University in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The collection of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and culture from the Elizabethan period onward.CreationThe Center was established by a gift from Paul Mellon (Yale College Class of 1929) of his British art collection to Yale in 1966, together with an endowment for operations of the Center, and funds for a building to house the works of art. The building was designed by Louis I. Kahn and constructed at the corner of York and Chapel Streets in New Haven, across the street from one of Kahn's earliest buildings, the Yale University Art Gallery, built in 1953. The Yale Center for British Art was completed after Kahn's death in 1974, and opened to the public on April 19, 1977. The exterior is made of matte steel and reflective glass; the interior is made of travertine marble, white oak, and Belgian linen. Kahn succeeded in creating intimate galleries where one can view objects in diffused natural light. He wanted to allow in as much daylight as possible, with artificial illumination used only on dark days or in the evening. The building’s design, materials, and sky-lit rooms combine to provide an environment for the works of art that is simple and dignified.The Center is affiliated with the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art in London, which awards grants and fellowships, publishes academic titles, and sponsors Yale’s first credit-granting undergraduate study abroad program, Yale-in-London.
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  • Thankfully the Yale Center for British Art is open once again after an extensive renovation. The collections are gorgeous and historically important. Located right across the street from the Yale Art ...  more »
  • Located in downtown New Haven, this museum is near many of the city's best restaurants, theaters and shops. Recommend taking elevator up to the main collection on the fourth floor. Museum is well laid...  more »
  • Before the paintings and sculptures can even begin to stimulate, the re-opened/re-imagined building itself legitimately claims interest and appreciation. The central circular stairwell allows maximum ...  more »
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  • This is an outstanding art collection in a very cool Louis Khan building. It has some particularly fine examples of Turner and Constable in a particularly lovely corner of the building--I could happily spend hours sitting in that area. Must sees are the Long Gallery, the Turners, the more modern collection on the second floor, and whatever exhibit is on the 3rd floor. The gift shop is very pleasant. You can join the museum for free wherever you live, and they send you lovely invitations to the latest exhibits in the mail.
  • One of my favorite local museums. The renovations are great and the place is even more beautiful. Someday I'll take a guided tour!
  • One of the finest museums you'll find anywhere, and we have it right here in New Haven! The newly expanded space offers more display area for their comprehensive British Art and sculpture collection. They host wonderful special exhibits, too.
  • Don't know about the British art in this building but the property itself is amazing. Louis Kahn created a masterpiece that allows for the most incredible exposition of art (any art). And it's free!!
  • Has a surprisingly large array of British art across time, medium, and styles - at high quality. It was an enjoyable and informative morning.