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The largest collection of British works of art outside Great Britain, the Yale Center for British Art has masterpieces for everyone.




The Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, corner of High Street, is the best place in the world outside the United Kingdom to study the development and achievements of British artists from the times of Queen Elizabeth I (1500s) to the present day—and it's all free.

Founded by billionaire philanthropist and Yale graduate Paul Mellon (1907–1999) and opened to the public in 1977, the collections are particularly strong in the things Mellon loved: British art and books of the 18th century.

The Center’s comprehensive collections include 2000 paintings, 200 works of sculpture, 20,000 drawings and watercolors, 30,000 prints, 35,000 rare books and manuscripts, and a reference and research library and archive holding more than 30,000 volumes.

The permanent collections include works by John Constable, J M W Turner, Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Blake and other major figures from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain.

Changing, themed exhibits mean there's always something new to see at the Center.

The Yale Center for British Art is open daily (closed Monday and major holidays). Admission is free.

You should also consider visiting the Yale University Art Gallery nearby, with its own outstanding collection, including many masterworks. More...

Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street (between York & High Streets)
New Haven CT 06510
Tel: 203-432-2800 or 1-877-274-8278 (1-877-BRIT ART)

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Yale Center for British Art, New Haven CT

Look for the Center's award-winning Louis I Kahn-designed building (which I find unappealing). The stuff inside—and the building's interior—is better.





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