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Wadsworth Atheneum

600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
860-278-2670
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Ranked #1 of 44 attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art 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 contemporary, the largest collection of Hudson River... more » 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. « less
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Saratoga Springs, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The oldest public art museum in the United States - interesting collection and we got a great docent tour with price of admission - highly recommend. Not bad cafe (especially given hard-to-find decent places to eat in the local neighborhood).

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Los Angeles, CA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We were lucky enough to find ourselves in Hartford on the second Saturday of the month when the Wadsworth offers "Free Family Saturdays." We would have gone anyway, but saving $30 plus on admission to a major art museum was awesome. As fans of art museums to have the chance to visit the oldest one in the United States was... More

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Passaic, New Jersey
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Has a neat collection. Liked the 4 Picassos, few Warhols, and even a Dali. For all the construction, the pirce of 10 bucks seemed like a bit much... There is a cool colt collection upstairs but I found the colt firearm collection in the state library a bit more complete. I guess its because this museum has the private collection.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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160 reviews 160 reviews
32 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I have lived in Connecticut for many years, and I have always overlooked this museum. I never heard any great word of mouth around it, and any time I checked their website whatever their featured exhibition was I didn't find exciting enough. Yet here I was on a beautiful Sunday afternoon with my wife looking for something to do in... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I had a few hours to sightsee while in Hartford for business, and came upon this gem. I really wasn't expecting much from a relatively small museum, but I was quite impressed! There were some lovely pieces by well known masters, including a beautiful Caravaggio and a breathtaking painting of The Lady of Shallott. Several exhibits gave some interesting history... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I could spend many days here and never get bored. They have multiple displays that they change around and one room that is media related. Check the website for discounts and event days. They also have educator discounts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

This small city museum's collection is located on 3 floors and is really excellent! It is large enough to be worth the entrance fee, but small enough to be able to spend just a few hours seeing well-curated exhibits of masters from contemporary to classical and everything in between. I am especially fond of the extensive Hudson River School painters... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

For a museum of this size (building and collection) this is superb and memorable. For openers, the staff is lovely and accommodating. The building is glorious. While old, the galleries are up to date with excellent lighting. The WA has the best of many painters, e.g., Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell and several Hudson River painters. Then, the piece... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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69 reviews 69 reviews
33 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

Much to see in this museum. Interesting and historical paintings of all kinds, sculptures, etc as well as antiques and furniture collections. Personal favorites were the large murals of the early American History. On the second Saturday of the month, the museum is free! Would return again!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I try to visit the Wadsworth every year. It is a great Museum right in downtown Hartford. You got a little bit of everything in this museum realist, impressionist, old antiques, victorian pictures and the list goes on. It is very well lit and exhibition are wonderful.

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