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Yale Center for British Art, New Haven

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4.5/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web
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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  • This is the premier collection of British art outside of Britain. The location is across the street from the Yale University Gallery. Yes, it is free. It was founded and conceived by Paul Mellon, of t...  read more »
  • Ist thing it's FREE. located right across from the Yale Art museum. If you like British art, think Stubbs, this is the place to be. Every one there, trys to make your life easy in navigation the museu...  read more »
  • If you appreciate British Art, this is an above average collection in an attractive space. Remarkable that it is New Haven. 
  • 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!!
  • One of my favorite local museums. The renovations are great and the place is even more beautiful. Someday I'll take a guided tour!
  • Has a surprisingly large array of British art across time, medium, and styles - at high quality. It was an enjoyable and informative morning.
  • A peaceful & exquisite engagement with artistic mastery.
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