The Week Ender: Happenings in December

December is a good time to explore the many artistic and cultural treasures at Yale.


Yale Center for British Art

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

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Yale University Art Gallery

Explore African art, American decorative arts, ancient art, and European art as well as special exhibitions, including “Artists in Exile: Expressions of Loss and Hope” and “Before the Event/After the Fact: Contemporary Perspectives on War” (both ending Dec. 31). Free.

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Sterling Memorial Library

Visit one of Yale’s most prominent buildings and the largest of all the Yale libraries. Completed in 1930, it was named for its benefactor, John William Sterling (Yale Class of 1864). The library currently houses approximately four million volumes on 16 floors of book stacks, as well as numerous departments, reading rooms, and exhibits. Free.

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Cushing Center/Whitney Medical Library

Browse the brains at the Cushing Center, which includes more than 400 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, surgical illustrations, patient photographs, and memorabilia, as well as historical anatomical and medical materials. Free.

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Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Visit the museum’s permanent collection, which provides a record of the history of the Earth, its life, and its cultures, including “The Great Hall of Dinosaurs.” Also, explore the temporary exhibitions “Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations” and “An Artist for Conservation: The Paintings of Albert Earl Gilbert.” Tickets: $6-$13; free with Yale I.D.

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