Overview and Highlights

Founded in 1832, the Gallery is the oldest university art museum in America. The museum collects, preserves, studies, and presents art in all media, from all regions of the globe and across time, with a collection numbering nearly 300,000 objects.

Recent Acquisitions

Reuben shows Jacob Joseph’s bloodied tunic.

The Gallery acquires new objects each year through gift, purchase, and bequest. Our acquisitions lists allow scholars, students, and the public to keep current with our growing collections and discover new artworks to assist them in teaching, learning, and research.

Between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, the Gallery acquired over 1,200 works of art.



The Conservation Department works with all departments at the Gallery to ensure the long-term care of the collection. The department recognizes the importance of preventive conservation and recommends, develops, and institutes measures to ensure appropriate conditions for the storage, transport, and display of art. Conservators examine and analyze objects in the collection to inform treatment methods and further teaching, scholarship, and research.

Collection Resources


The Gallery welcomes individuals and groups to view its collections in the public galleries, in a number of special study centers, rooms, and archives—in downtown New Haven and at the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus, in West Haven—as well as through online resources. The museum’s study centers and rooms are open to visitors by appointment.