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There are many ways to be a part of the Yale Center for British Art. Find out how you can connect‚ share, contribute, and make a difference at the museum.


The museum gratefully accepts donations in support of our exhibitions, educational opportunities, programs, and visitor experience. If you would like to make a donation in person or over the phone, or if you have any additional questions, please contact our Advancement and External Affairs department at | +1 203 432 8559

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Keep up with the latest news from the YCBA, including upcoming exhibitions, publications, museum tours, and online and in-person programs. Emails are typically sent weekly.


Friends of British Art

The Friends of British Art include Yale alumni, Yale parents, and friends of the university, as well as collectors and other patrons who share a deep interest in British art. They provide vital support for acquisitions, programs, and other museum initiatives. They provide vital support for acquisitions, programs, and other museum initiatives. 

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Free Membership

If you are interested in joining our free membership program, please register online or contact our Advancement and External Affairs department at | +1 203 432 8559.

As a free member of the YCBA, you are automatically subscribed to our weekly e-newsletter. Members receive a 20% discount on the museum's publications and select promotions in the Museum Shop. Membership also provides access to the College and University Art Museums Reciprocal Program, including over eighty museums across the country.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

Without question, art enriches a community. Each year the YCBA offers a variety of programs and exhibitions designed to engage and inspire visitors of all ages. Corporate sponsorships help make this possible. From evening lecture series to family days to exceptional exhibitions, there are numerous opportunities for partnerships that benefit the YCBA and your business. 

As a sponsor, you reach tens of thousands of people who visit the museum each year from the region and abroad. Your name appears in all communications about the program you support, and as an exhibition sponsor your logo appears on all press materials, advertising, exhibition signage, the title wall, and more. Through the museum's diverse sponsorship program, you may also receive access to entertainment spaces and specialized tours. In addition to financial support, the YCBA also welcomes in-kind trade and media partnerships.

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Courtney J. Martin, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, and Hilton Als in the second-floor galleries, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Harold Shapiro

Docent Program

The YCBA's Docent Program was instituted upon the museum’s opening in 1977. Docents offer public tours of the museum's collections, architecture, and special exhibitions. They also lead tours for visiting school children of all ages and are responsible for researching and preparing their tours, under the auspices of the Education department. 

Becoming a docent requires a three-year commitment: one year of training followed by two years of service, including presenting tours and participating in public programs at the museum. All docents train every Monday morning during the academic year. Individual docents also conduct their own research on special projects. Docent benefits include organized study trips, special docent gatherings, and a discount in the Museum Shop

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