Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-6, Thursdays 'til 8 September-June. Closed Mondays and major holidays.
Founded in 1832 when patriot-artist John Trumbull donated more than one hundred of his paintings to Yale College, the Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in the United States. The collections have since grown to include more than 250,000 objects ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. Spanning one and a half city blocks, the museum features more than 4,000 works on display, multiple classrooms, a rooftop terrace, a sculpture garden, and dramatic views of New Haven and the Yale campus. The entrance building, which was designed by renowned architect Louis Kahn and was completed in 1953, is a masterpiece of modern architecture. The Gallery is both a collecting and an education institution, and all activities are aimed at providing an invaluable resource and experience for Yale University faculty, staff, and students, as well as for the general public. The museum is free and open to the public.