While We are Closed

The Yale Center for British Art is currently closed for building conservation.  

A selection of more than twenty-five paintings from the collection is currently on view at the Yale University Art Gallery. 

Throughout the closure, the museum will maintain a robust schedule of online and off-site exhibitions and programming. View our calendar for more information. 

The museum is unable to accommodate new requests for collections photography until January 2025. 

Effective August 1, 2024, the Reference Library and Study Room will be unavailable through the end of 2024. Access our online collections site


Accessing the Collections

While the Yale Center for British Art is closed, access to the collections will be limited. Requests for an appointment must be made in advance. Please note that different access policies apply to the collection, Reference Library, and Study Room. Appointments will be restricted to individuals or small groups and may need to be canceled with little notice.  Every effort will be made to support class visits which will be evaluated based on the accessibility, quantity, and size of the requested objects. 

Please be aware that active construction is underway in the museum. Visitors should anticipate the possibility of noise or other distractions.  

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© Elizabeth Felicella / ESTO

Reference Library

Access to the Reference Library is by appointment only. Visits must be scheduled at least twenty-four hours in advance. Please email ycba.reference@yale.edu to schedule an appointment.

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Study Room, Yale Center for British Art, photo by Stephanie Anestis

Study Room

Access to the Study Room will be by appointment only during the building conservation project.

Group visits must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and are limited to twenty-five participants. Individual visits must be requested at least two business days in advance of the proposed date.

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Study Room, Yale Center for British Art, photo © Elizabeth Felicella / ESTO


The Yale Center for British Art will offer online and off-site programs while the building is closed to the public. 

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Photo by Harold Shapiro