Tours

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

Explore the Center’s collections, architecture, and special exhibitions on an interactive guided tour. Available to everyone, 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 specific interests or class curriculums. 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.

Public Tours

The Center offers a variety of public tours that are free to join throughout the year. These include docent-led architecture, introductory, and special exhibition tours. Curator-led members’ tours are offered on the opening week of an exhibition. Not a member? Register for free at the Museum Shop or online.

For a full schedule of public tours, please visit the online calendar.

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

If you would like to inquire about a tour, please submit your request online, with the following information:

  • Organizer’s or teacher’s name
  • Mobile phone number
  • E-mail address
  • Grade level (if applicable)
  • School name (if applicable)
  • Mailing address
  • Number of visitors
  • Number of classes (if applicable)
  • Three possible tour dates

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

Book Ahead

Please note that the Center requires 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 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 describe the teaching strategies and activities that will best match the needs of your students.

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.

Yale University Art Gallery

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

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