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Wadsworth Atheneum

Address: 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Phone Number: 860-278-2670
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Ranked #2 of 38 Attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/train
Owner description: The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/train
Hours:
Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces ranging from ancient to contemporary, the largest collection of Hudson River School paintings in the world, an impressive array of Pilgrim-era furnishings and European and American art.

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English first
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

This museum is a lot bigger than i thought I was. They also have all different kinds of art, modern, american, european. Mostly oil paintings. Some great local pieces of ct, hudson valley, niagara falls. I only had 30 minutes to spend there before it closed, but that was enough time to go see just about everything at a very... More 

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Port Isaac, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Loved this museum - both inside and out! Very nice gift shop as well at the entrance where you can shop without having to pay the entry fee. Great collection of Hudson River Painters - that was my favourite part and felt like you had visited that area without having left the building.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This amazing museum is currently undergoing reconstruction. It will probably be great when it reopens (spring 2015). Unfortunately, many of the pieces for which the museum is known weren't on display, thus requiring a return trip. The docent-led tour was also canceled the day I visited the museum. It's too bad that the museum still charged the same price for... More 

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Slingerlands, New York
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79 attraction reviews
254 helpful votes 254 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Did not at all expect to see what we did. 3 floors, and a beautiful, old building. Had a light lunch in the cafe which was very good and reasonable. I am not an expert, but I found this museum interesting in that they have seemingly unrelated pieces displayed together. It clearly works. The third floor alone could take a... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There is so much to say about the Atheneum it would take many paragraphs on each room. I would like to emphasize the feeling one gets from the experience there. It is uplifting. How can it be so serious and so joyful an adventure, at the same time, to walk slowly through the spaces and absorb what you experience? The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The history here is very interesting. The Morgan family is from Hartford and JP spent the end of his life collecting the art of Europe. When he died he left half of his collection to the Met and half to the Wadsworth. While it is not the Met it is a great medium sized museum with a great facility and... More 

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It was surprising to me to find an art museum of this caliber in Hartford Connecticut. I am at fault, since I have found other attractions and great restaurants there as well. It is an impressive building with an impressive collection of art. Mostly American art and even furniture, the museum also has European pieces, including Impressionist paintings. Part of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

The art is well displayed and wonderful curator. I liked the display of art works and selections... Take in the Christmas trees... They are to die for..

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connecticut
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

The Atheneum is currently being renovated but the it's still worth going. I must say if you are an out of town traveler you will not fell like you recived your full dollars worth. There are many pieces that are from Renaissance era to modern day which will be enjoyable. Some rooms you may feel like sitting in and admiring... More 

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New York City, New York
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236 reviews 236 reviews
169 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Half of the rooms are closed for renovation. They have the Impressionists, modernists and American collections on view. The renovation is planned to be over in January 2015.

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