Mission

The mission of the Yale University Art Gallery is to encourage appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art. The Gallery stimulates active learning about art and the creative process through research, teaching, and dialogue among communities of Yale students, faculty, artists, scholars, alumni, and the wider public. The Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to offer enjoyment and encourage inquiry, while building and maintaining its collections in trust for future generations.

Community Voices

Perfect Sunday = arts at the Yale University Art Gallery and New Haven–style pizza.

Carmen Y.
Facebook, September 21, 2015

I went to New Haven to visit a relative and we hopped on a guided tour of the gallery. It was really a great experience as the tour is not to show you art but to discuss a selection of pieces and learn though observation what the stories were behind them.

Ricardo P.
Trip Advisor, Mahwah, NJ, November 2015

I have loved this place since my 1st grade class left me there all alone after a school field trip. I got lost in the art … still do.

Istvan B.
Facebook, November 20, 2015

This is a splendid art gallery that has something for every single art lover, and if you are not an art lover, by the time you leave you will become one.

Martha A.
Trip Advisor, Bethany, CT, August 2015

I love to peel off in the afternoon of a busy day and head across the Green, up the north (sunny) side of Chapel Street to the Gallery.  I inevitably head to the Impressionist works. I find them serene and soothing—not the usual feelings I have during the course of the day.  And as often as not, on my way out I observe the Gallery instructors working with New Haven schoolkids seated with their backs to me in front of some work of art. I love to listen to the back and forth—the questions and the answers that prompt more questions. And then I recall how loud the Gallery can be.

John DeStefano, Jr.
Mayor of New Haven for 20 years, New Haven, CT, Fall 2012

The Gallery has long had much to do with why so many of us love the University, and why we urge friends and others who may have little or no connection to Yale to go to see it for themselves. And never has there been a greater reason than now. As displayed in the glorious spaces of the new Gallery, the magnificence and power of the collection are greater than ever before, and the Gallery itself can be rightly declared a national treasure.

David McCullough, B.A. 1955
Boston, Fall 2012

Incredible free resource! Some of my favorite paintings are here including “The Night Cafe” by van Gogh. There’s Picasso, Duchamp, Pollock, and more! Make sure to stop by the peaceful sculpture garden on the way out.

Maddy G.
Yelp, New York, October 7, 2015

So much to see! I loved this museum so much. I got my heart’s fill of Pollocks, impressionist-era paintings, and even a Dali! Very cool to see in real life. Definitely a must-visit while touring the Yale campus.

Kim D.
Yelp, Irving, TX, November 16, 2015

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