VISIT WITH FRIENDS: Expanded Museum Now Open

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On December 12, 2012, the Yale University Art Gallery celebrated the grand opening of the renovated and expanded museum. Located in New Haven, Connecticut, it is the oldest and one of the most important university art museums in America. The expanded Gallery transforms the visitor experience of both the museum and its esteemed collections.

About the Renovation and Expansion
The completed renovation increases the space occupied by the Gallery from one-and-a-half buildings—the 1953 modernist structure designed by Louis Kahn and approximately half of the adjacent 1928 Old Yale Art Gallery, designed by Egerton Swartwout—to three. The project began with the critically acclaimed restoration of the Kahn building and continues today with the renovation and expansion of the Old Yale Art Gallery and the contiguous 1866 Street Hall, designed by Peter Bonnett Wight and home to the Gallery from 1866 to 1928. It unites the three buildings into a cohesive whole while maintaining the distinctive architectural identity of each.

Learn more—read the official press release >

View photographs documenting the history of the buildings, the renovations, conservation projects, and the reinstallation of the collection—via Flickr >

The Collection
Experience the Gallery’s celebrated collection as never before. Spanning three buildings, the greatly expanded spaces now feature more than 4,000 objects, including many favorites, new acquisitions, and works long off view. New installations feature ancient art, American art, European art, 20th- and 21st-century art and design, photography, African art, and Asian art, as well as our new collection of Indo-Pacific art.

View a selection of the Gallery's collection highlights— via Flickr >

The Events

The restored Yellin Gates,
© Christopher Gardner, 2012

Yale Community Preview Day
Thursday, December 6
10:00 am–10:00 pm

The grand opening festivities began with a 12-hour preview for Yale students, staff, and faculty. Highlights included a digital photo booth.
View photos from the day— via Flickr >

Members and Yale Alumni Preview Weekend
Saturday, December 8 & Sunday, December 9
11:00 am–5:00 pm

Members of the Yale Art Museums and Yale alumni were invited to preview the newly expanded Gallery prior to the public opening on December 12.
View photos from the weekend— via Flickr >

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting
Wednesday, December 12
12:00 pm

Gallery Director Jock Reynolds, President-Elect Peter Salovey, Dean Mary Miller, and Mayor John DeStefano unveiled the expanded spaces and newly installed galleries. Refreshments were served, and the first 1,212 visitors received a commemorative Gallery tote bag. Media sponsor: WSHU Public Radio Group
View photos from the event— via Flickr >

Grand Opening Weekend
Saturday, December 15 & Sunday, December 16
11:00 am–5:00 pm

Curators and staff hosted tours and gallery talks throughout the weekend. Plus, a special version of our family program, Stories and Art, took place on Sunday.

View all upcoming programs and events— via the online calendar >

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General Information
The Yale University Art Gallery is located at 1111 Chapel Street, New Haven, Connecticut. Admission is free and open to the public. For general information, the public may call 203.432.0600 or email

Museum Hours:
Tuesday–Friday, 10 am–5 pm; Thursday until 8 pm (September–June); and Saturday and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm. The Gallery is closed Mondays and major holidays.

Yale University's Master Plan for the Arts
The Gallery’s renovation and expansion project is an important element of Yale University’s Master Plan for the Yale Arts Area, developed in the mid-1990s to facilitate the preservation of important historic buildings while improving and expanding arts facilities. The ambitious Master Plan for the Yale Arts Area is intended to benefit not only the University community but also the people of New Haven and visitors from across the nation and around the world.

Press Information:
Maura Scanlon or Alesia DiCosola at Yale University Art Gallery's Public Relations Department:,; +1.203.432.0611 or +1.203.432.2124.

Yale University Art Gallery, view of the European and Ancient art galleries, 2012. © Elizabeth Felicella