Activating the power of art to inspire and to create a more inclusive world.

Our Mission

The Yale University Art Gallery collects, preserves, studies, and presents art in all media, from all regions of the globe and across time. The museum’s exceptional collection—numbering over 300,000 objects—is the core of its identity. It sustains and catalyzes all we do.

Founded in 1832, the Gallery is the oldest university art museum in America. Today, it is a center for teaching, learning, and scholarship and is a preeminent cultural asset for Yale University, the wider academic community, and the public. The museum is open to all, free of charge, and is committed to engaging audiences through thoughtful, creative, and relevant exhibitions, programs, and publications.

Read a message from Gallery director Stephanie Wiles.

Strategic Plan

New Voices, New Perspectives

Beginning in 2020, the Gallery’s staff reflected together on our remarkable past and our exciting future. We set goals to strengthen our work over the next five years, guided by the values of commitment, inclusivity, integrity, innovation, and preservation.

Read a summary of our 2021–26 strategic plan.

Learn about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Views of the Gallery

Annual Reports

Related Content

  • Director’s Letter

    Read a message from Stephanie Wiles, the Henry J. Heinz II Director.

  • Visit

    The Gallery is free and open to the public from Tuesday through Sunday.

  • Exterior view of the three buildings that contain the museum's collection.


    Learn about the three historic buildings, designed by four architects, that house the Gallery’s collection.

  • Objects displayed in tall, glass cases at the Wurtele Study Center.

    Wurtele Study Center

    A state-of-the-art educational and research facility that offers access to over 42,000 objects in the collection.