Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-6, Thursdays 'til 8 September-June. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
The Yale University Art Gallery is a fine-arts museum for the community, presenting works of art from ancient times to the present day — and open year-round free of charge. One of the oldest college art museums in the world, the Gallery was founded in 1832 when artist-patriot John Trumbull gave over one hundred of his paintings to Yale College. Trumbull’s original paintings of the American Revolution are now joined by a collection of objects from around the world. Permanent-collection galleries showcase artworks from twentieth-century Africa, portraits from ancient Greece, Chinese paintings from the Tang dynasty, Renaissance drawings, modernist sculpture and masterworks of American painting and decorative arts, to name a few. The Gallery’s main building, designed by American architect Louis Kahn, is a masterpiece of modern architecture and design. It has recently undergone a comprehensive renovation, which marks the beginning of a complete renovation of all three of the Gallery’s buildings, increasing both exhibition space and teaching facilities. The Gallery is located across Chapel Street from the Yale Center for British Art, designed by Kahn in 1974, and the last of his buildings on which construction was begun during his lifetime.