Yale Center for British Art, exterior view, photograph by Richard Caspole


Monday           Closed
Tuesday 10 am–5 pm
Wednesday 10 am–5 pm
Thursday 10 am–5 pm
Friday 10 am–5 pm
Saturday 10 am–5 pm
Sunday noon–5 pm

The Center is closed on Mondays and the following holidays: New Year’s Day, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Free Admission

The Center is free and open to the public. This admission policy also applies to programs and special exhibitions.

Contact the Center

General Information +1 203 432 2800
Museum Shop +1 203 432 2828
Groups and Tours +1 203 432 2858
Membership +1 203 432 8559

Museum Shop

The Museum Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 
10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Programs and Resources

The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and programs. Academic resources include the Reference Library and Archives, conservation laboratories, a Study Room for examining works on paper as well as rare books and manuscripts from the collection, and an online catalogue of the collections. For more information about programs, visit the calendar online.

Study Room

The Study Room provides access to works in the Center’s Prints & Drawings and Rare Books & Manuscripts collections and is open to the public from Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Appointments are not required but are recommended for patrons traveling from outside the area.

In addition to the Center’s closure dates above, the Study Room is closed on Good Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and the days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.

Reference Library and Archives

Academic Year

The Reference Library is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm; and Sunday, noon to 4:30 pm. Appointments are not required.

Recess (Summer and Winter Break)

The Reference Library and Archives are open Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm. Appointments are not required.

In addition to the Center’s closure dates above, the Study Room is closed on Good Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, and the days between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.


The Center is located at 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, between High and York Streets. The main entrance is on the southwest corner of Chapel and High Streets.


By Car

From I-95, northbound or southbound, take Exit 47 Downtown New Haven/Rt 34. Take the exit to York Street and turn right. Follow York Street through two traffic lights, and the Center’s lot is on the right. From I-91, take Exit 1 Downtown New Haven.

By Public Transportation

Metro-NorthAmtrak, and Shoreline East provide train service to New Haven’s Union and State Street Stations. Public transportation between Union Station and the New Haven Green is available by free Yale University Shuttle (Monday–Friday) or CT Transit bus J5 or J7.


Visitors may park in the LAZ lot at 161 York Street (behind the museum) or the LAZ garage at 150 York Street. Additional parking is available in other area lots and metered spaces on the street around the Center. For more information about parking in downtown New Haven, visit The Shops at Yale.


The Center does not offer on-site dining, but Atticus Bookstore and Cafe may be found on the ground level and Harvest Wine Bar and Restaurant offers seasonal outdoor seating in a lower-level exterior courtyard. For more dining options within walking distance of the museum, see The Shops at Yale restaurant guide.


New Haven has several shopping and dining options on Chapel Street, where the Center is located, and a few blocks away on Broadway. Dozens of award-winning restaurants energize the downtown area, and local boutiques and retail shops, including the Center’s Museum Shop, offer a wide variety of merchandise, including handmade and fine jewelry, books, designer clothes, active wear, beauty products, and artisanal foods. Additional restaurants and merchants are located on the ground level of the Center, including Derek Simpson GoldsmithFroyo World, Neville Wisdom designs and The Juice Box. Visit The Shops at Yale for more information about restaurants and merchants near the Center.