The Week Ender: Happenings in December

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

Galleries and Museums

A painting of a sailing ship on the wall of a gallery in the Yale Center for British Art.

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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An exhibition hall in the Yale University Art Gallery.

Yale University Art Gallery

Explore African art, American decorative arts, ancient art, and European art collections as well as special exhibitions, including “Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual” and “Seriously Funny: Caricature through the Centuries.” Free.

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A giant squid hanging from the ceiling of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Take a trip into the past by visiting 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 “The Artist’s Eye: Figurines of the Paleolithic” and “California Gold: Modern Marvels from the Golden State.” Tickets: $6-$13; free with Yale I.D.

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An exterior view of the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University.

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 4 million volumes on 16 floors of book stacks, as well as numerous departments, reading rooms, and exhibits. Free.

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Exhibits of human brains at the Cushing Center/Whitney Medical Library.

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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