KIDS: Yale Center for British Art Events

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Saturdays, 10:30 am – Noon.
October 15 and November 19, 2016
Yale Center for British Art
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This is a free program for families with children 5 to 12 years of age and on the autism spectrum. Participants look at artwork in the museum’s galleries and create a follow-up art project in a museum classroom. A quiet room is available throughout the session with blankets and sensory toys. While the needs of individuals with autism are taken into account for the design of this program, it is also intended to be fun for parents, siblings, and other relatives too!
Free, but pre-registration is required. Please e-mail: or call 203 432 2858 with your name, number, and a good time to reach you on the telephone. A museum educator will contact you by phone to complete and confirm your registration.

For more information about past sessions, visit:

Program Flyer (PDF, 523 KB)
The Yale Center for British Art is dedicated to providing the best possible experience to all visitors. People of all abilities are welcome to visit the museum and participate in programming. All tours can be adapted to address individual needs. If you have questions or would like to make arrangments, please contact the Education Department ( | +1 203 432 6597).
Getting Around the Museum
Complimentary manual wheelchairs and stools are available next to the elevator on the ground floor, on a first-come, first-served basis. The Center's galleries, Reference Library, and Study Room are accessible by wheelchair. If you have limited mobility or use a wheelchair and require assistance to attend a program in the Lecture Hall, please see the security guard at the information desk in the Entrance Court. We request that you arrive ten minutes before the start of the program. At this time, the Center's restrooms do not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act 2010 Standards.
Sign Language Interpretation
Sign Language interpretation is available free of charge for public tours, group visits, school tours, and public programs. We require two weeks' notice to arrange for an interpreter.
Assisted Listening Devices
Assisted listening devices amplify sound for visitors who are hard of hearing. A limited number of receivers are available for programs in the Lecture Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. Assisted listening devices are free with identification. Please visit the information desk to obtain a device prior to the program.
Large-Print Labels
Large-print labels for special exhibitions may be found in the galleries.
Service Animals
Service animals are welcome in the museum.
Designated handicapped metered parking spaces are available within close proximity of the Center. In addition, vehicles may park temporarily in front of the building, on the southeast corner of Chapel and High Streets, in order to assist a visitor in a wheelchair or with limited mobility. The Center's parking lot, located directly behind the building and accessible from York Street (on your right as you approach Chapel Street), offers a limited number of spaces closer to the Center's entrance. Please see the parking attendant for assistance.
The Yale Center for British Art is a public art museum and research institute for the study of British art and culture. Presented to Yale University by Paul Mellon (Yale College, Class of 1929), the Center houses the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom.
The collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, rare books, and manuscripts reflects the development of British art and life from the Elizabethan period onward. Works on view include masterpieces by Joshua Reynolds, George Stubbs, Thomas Gainsborough, J. M. W. Turner, and John Constable, as well as major artists from Europe and America who lived and worked in Britain.
Programs and Resources
The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and programs. Academic resources include the Reference Library and Archive, conservation laboratories, a study room for examining works on paper as well as rare books and manuscripts from the collection, and an online catalogue of the collections. An affiliated institution in London, the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, awards grants and fellowships, publishes academic titles, and sponsors Yale’s first credit-granting undergraduate study abroad program, Yale in London.
The Louis I. Kahn Building
One of the Center’s greatest treasures is the building itself. Opened to the public in 1977, the Yale Center for British Art is the last building designed by the internationally acclaimed American architect Louis I. Kahn. The structure integrates the dual functions of study center and gallery, while providing an environment for works of art that is appropriately elegant and dignified. The building stands across the street from Kahn’s first major commission, the Yale University Art Gallery (1953). Located in downtown New Haven, the Center is near many of the city’s best restaurants, theaters, and shops.
The Yale Center for British Art is Green Workplace Certified by Yale’s Office of Sustainability. This Center is committed to advancing sustainability efforts within its own community and at Yale. Center staff participate in Yale’s Sustainability Leaders Program and the Center has its own active Green Team. Among the Green Team’s accomplishments are the conversion of over 85% of all disposable paper products and cleaning products to earth-friendly alternatives.
Young Visitors
The Yale Center for British Art is a wonderful place to explore with young children. Information about programs, family days, and activities is available from the Center's Education Department.
Strollers are permitted in the galleries. Changing tables are located in both the men's and women's public restrooms on the lower level.

Directions and Parking
From I-91 South and I-95 North or South, take the Downtown New Haven exit onto Route 34 West. Proceed to the last exit, Exit 3. Move immediately into the right lane and turn right at the first light onto York Street.
The Center's parking lot is 2.5 blocks on the right, before Chapel Street. (There is a fee to park in the lot, except on Sundays.) Additional parking is available in the Chapel-York Garage, on York Street between Crown and Chapel Streets; at meters on the street; and in other area lots.
The Center is located at 1080 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT, 06510 (between York and High Streets).

New Haven can be reached from New York, Boston, and Hartford via train service. See Metro-North (+1 212 532 4900) or Amtrak (1 800 872 7245) for schedules.
CT Transit runs a free shuttle between New Haven's Union Station and the New Haven Green every 20 minutes Monday through Friday. On weekends, CT Transit bus J5 or J7 may be taken between Union Station and the New Haven Green.
Taxis are available in front of Union Station.
Physical Address
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven, Connecticut 06510-2302
Mailing Address
P. O. Box 208280
New Haven, CT 06520-8280
Toll free: 1 877 BRIT ART (274 8278)
(within the United States)
International: +1 203 432 2800

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