Public Art at Yale

City: New Haven

Exceptional museum collections are the foundation of the public life of art at Yale, but the university’s commitment to art as a public trust does not end at the museum door. From the Old Campus to Science Hill, from Branford College to Memorial Hall, works of art sited in courtyards or plazas, lobbies or lecture halls, inspire reflection and offer aesthetic pleasure. Hallmarks of the remarkable cultural life of this institution, they lend a public face to Yale’s educational mission. The much beloved statue of Revolutionary War hero Nathan Hale, Claes Oldenburg’s pop art icon Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks, and Maya Lin’s The Women’s Table are but three of the many treasures visible around the campus.

Pick up a self-guided tour booklet at Yale Visitor Center or download here ( ).
Maps of the campus are available at the Center. Free.

Hours: Monday–Saturday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guided tours require reservations.

Photo: Gallows & Lollipops by Alexander Calder
Michael Marsland/Yale University


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