Happenings at Yale’s museums and galleries during the winter break

Winter break is a good time to explore the many artistic and cultural treasures at Yale’s museums.

British Art Center
Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel St.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

View the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside of the United Kingdom at the Yale Center for British Art. Free.

See the 1951 film of Charles Dickens’s classic A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Scrooge is given a chance for redemption when ghosts haunt him on Christmas Eve. Free. Saturday, Dec. 21 at 2 p.m. 

Peabody Museum
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History
170 Whitney Ave.
Open Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day.

Explore the permanent collection of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History — providing a record of the history of the Earth, its life and its cultures, including “The Great Hall of Dinosaurs” permanent exhibit.

Take a journey through ancient Egypt and discover how a culture that flourished thousands of years ago has impacted our world today at the Echoes of Egypt: Conjuring the Land of the Pharoahs exhibit.

Yale Art Gallery
Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel St.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10- a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday until 8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Day.

View African art, American decorative arts, ancient art, and European art as well as special exhibitions including “Red Grooms: Larger than Life,” “Many Things Placed Here and There: The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection,” and “Francesco Vanni: Art in Late Renaissance Siena” at the Yale University Art Gallery. Free.

Cushing Brains
Cushing/Whitney Medical Library
Sterling Hall of Medicine
333 Cedar St.
See website for library hours. No tours offered over the break.
Closed Dec. 24, 25, 26, 31, and Jan. 1.

Discover Cushing’s Brains. Named for Yale College graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing, the center includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, Cushing’s surgical illustrations, his personal diaries, black and white patient photographs, and memorabilia, as well as historical anatomical and medical materials. Free.

See the exhibit Nursing at 90 highlighting contributions of Yale School of Nursing program’s graduates to Yale, the profession, and the world. Free.

Learn about Books of Secrets: Alchemy, Medicine and Magic, cheap publications from the 16–19th centuries. These publications divulged medicinal, alchemical, artisanal, and other kinds of “secrets” of nature and the arts. Free.

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