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Long Profile of The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, CT



The Yale Center for British Art in New Haven, Connecticut officially opened in 1977.


The Yale Center for British Art was established as a gift by Paul Mellon. The building, designed by renowned American architect Louis I. Kahn opened to the public in 1977.

This was Kahn’s final work. The exterior is matte steel and reflective glass, while the interior "is designed around two courtyards and is comprised of a restrained palette of natural materials including travertine marble, white oak, and Belgian linen. Kahn succeeded in creating intimate galleries where one can view objects in diffused natural light."


The Museum's mission according to their website: It is a "public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture."


The Yale Center for British Art is located in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, at the campus of Yale University.

It is easily accessible by train. "Amtrak, Metro-North, and Shore Line East operate through New Haven’s Union Station, which is a five-minute trip by taxi, bus, or car to the Gallery and downtown New Haven."

Museum's Conservation Department:

According to their website: "The Center houses two modern facilities dedicated to the conservation and restoration of works of art in its collection. In addition to supporting its own conservation needs, the Center cares for works of art on paper from the permanent collection of the Yale University Art Gallery."

"Members of the conservation staff are actively involved in scholarly research in the area of technical art history and they regularly instruct in Yale’s School of Art and the Department of the History of Art."

"Among the courses offered are those focusing on the history of artists’ materials and techniques; how works of art are made and how their appearances change over time; and restoration or conservation treatments."

"The conservation departments strive to contribute to the field of technical art history, provide a better understanding and appreciation of the collections within the Center's care, and to assure the preservation of and access to art works well into the future."

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired:

  • "2,000 paintings and 200 sculptures from the medieval to the contemporary
  • 20,000 drawings and watercolors and 30,000 prints giving a comprehensive history of British graphic art
  • 35,000 rare books and manuscripts from the sixteenth century to the present, including the J. R. Abbey collection of “color-plate” books, sporting material, early maps and atlases, incunables, private press and contemporary artists’ books, and manuscripts covering British artists of all periods
  • a reference library and archives with over 30,000 volumes supporting research in British art and related fields

Artists whose works are in the collection include Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, and John Constable.

Noteworthy Facts:

"An affiliated institution in London, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, awards grants and fellowships, publishes academic titles, and sponsors Yale’s first credit-granting undergraduate study abroad program, Yale in London." Please refer to the Museum's website (listed below) for further details.

Employment Information:

The Yale Center for British Art posts job opportunities on the university's website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, marketing, public relations, and security so be sure to check the listings regularly. It also posts volunteer and intern positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, as you can apply online for a job via the university's human resources department. When a job opening is available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Yale Center for British Art, 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT, 06510. Tel:1 877 BRIT ART

E-mail: ycba.info@yale.edu

The Yale Center for British Art's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm-5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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