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Using the Collections

As a free public museum, the Center aims to promote the awareness, study, and enjoyment of its collection of British art. Using the Collections is intended to help scholars, students, and the general public learn more about using the Center’s physical and digital collections.

Accessing Collections

Every effort is made to enable visitors to see works in the Center's collections without hindrance. Entrance to the museum is always free, and works of art on display, or accessed through the Center’s Study Room, may be viewed without an appointment. Please note, however, that objects may be in storage, out on loan, undergoing conservation treatment, or otherwise unavailable for consultation. If you wish to see a specific object during your visit, you are strongly advised to contact the relevant curatorial department before you arrive to make sure that it is accessible.

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© Elizabeth Felicella / ESTO

Teaching with Collections

Educators are welcome to use the collections for teaching, whether it is a kindergarten class or a group of graduate students.

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Borrowing Objects

The Center regularly lends works for public educational purposes and to institutions practiced in mounting public exhibitions. All queries relating to loans should be addressed to the Office of the Director at ycba.director@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2822.

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Britain in the World installation, fourth-floor galleries, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Richard Caspole

Data Sharing

The Center is committed to using technology to advance the study of its collections by providing access to its holdings online to as broad a public as possible. Collections data is shared on the web in human- and machine-readable formats. The human-readable format allows users to search and view metadata and images via a Collection Search as well as download images of objects in the public domain.

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Using Images

Thousands of images of works in the Center’s collection believed to be in the public domain are available for free through the Center’s online collection. Under Yale University’s Open Access Policy, anyone may use the Center’s open access material without further application, authorization, or fees due to the Center or to Yale.

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George Stubbs, Brown and White Norfolk or Water Spaniel (detail), 1778