The Yale University Art Gallery has delicately transitioned their historic structures which housed the university's art collection into a sprawling modern facility. The Kahn building, Old Yale Art Gallery and the 1866 Street Hall buildings were joined to create a flowing environment which spans the length of one and a half city blocks. The gallery holds some 4,000 works of art in about twice the usable space as before. More than a quarter of the works were recently acquired for the grand opening.
The feeling of the new space is never overwhelming even though the overall breadth is considerably larger. Works are sectioned into palatable segments with each feeling intimate and personal. The segments include African art, American decorative art, American painting and sculptures, ancient American and Mediterranean works, Asian, European and Indo-Pacific art, modern and contemporary pieces, prints, drawings, photographs, coins and medals.
After more than a decade of renovations, now is the absolute best time to visit the gallery. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday except on major holidays and is (as always) absolutely free.