Tours

Visitors seated in the fourth-floor galleries, photograph by Harold Shapiro

School and home groups can explore the Center’s collections, architecture, and special exhibitions on an interactive guided tour. Tours of the collections encourage close looking, critical thinking, and creative evaluation. Upon request, tours can be customized to connect content from the collections to a class curriculum. Classroom and homeschool teachers are welcome to bring their students and lead self-guided visits. The Education staff supports multiple visits throughout the year, when possible, as they enable students to gain confidence and comfort in developing visual literacy skills. Please consider the suggested tour topics below.

Book a Tour (Public, Private Group, and School)

If you would like to inquire about a tour, please submit your request online. We will need the following information:

  • Teacher’s name
  • Mobile phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Grade level
  • School name
  • Mailing address
  • Number of students
  • Number of classes
  • Three possible tour dates

If you have any questions or are unable to book online, please contact Education (ycba.tours@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858).

Book Ahead

Please note that we require at least three weeks’ notice for all school and docent-led tours.

Confirmation

Submitting a request for a visit is not a confirmation of your reservation. Your tour is not confirmed until you have received a formal e-mail to that effect from the Center.

Cost

All school tours are free of charge.

Accessibility

The Center is dedicated to providing the best learning experience possible for all school visitors. Tour topics for school groups are available to all students and can be adapted to meet the needs of each particular class. When booking your tour, please alert us of teaching strategies and activities that will best match the needs of your students.

Yale University Art Gallery

The Center and the Yale University Art Gallery are across the street from one another. If you are thinking of scheduling a visit to both museums on the same day, we ask that you consider your possible dates for a docent-led tour well in advance.

Suggested Tours

Below are suggested topics that the Education department recommends for specific age groups visiting the Center.

Primary School Students

Middle and High School Students

  • Perspective Matters
  • Louis Kahn’s Yale Center for British Art
  • The Painted Word (Literary references)
  • The Faces of the British Empire
  • Britain in the World
  • Art, Invention, Thought: Making the Modern and Contemporary World

General Interest

  • Animals
  • Landscapes
  • Seascapes
  • Romanticism
  • Shakespeare
  • Mythology

Self-Guided Tours

Groups are free to visit the Center on their own without a docent-led tour. To avoid conflicts with scheduled tours and classes‚ please contact the Tour Coordinator (ycba.tours@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2858) four weeks in advance to register. Students must be chaperoned at all times. Please note that the Center’s docents and Yale faculty have priority in the galleries.

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