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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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London
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77 reviews 77 reviews
12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

There is no doubt that this is a great building and that it also has a great collection. Unfortunately much of it is not available at present. Much of the museum is under renovation and the route to even see what is open is tortuous. The open rooms will be close to the renovation with workers wandering around, using their... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Make sure you visit and satisfy your taste for art and culture. The exhibit was great and they have a great little eatery right in the museum. A definite Sunday afternoon treat.

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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a gem of an attraction for art lovers and one of the best things Hartford has to offer. Once you have gotten to know the collection you will find other reasons to return, temporary visiting exhibits, the cafe, the cinema, music events etc. Come and linger, its beautiful!

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Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Fabulous way to spend an afternoon. I am no art geek, but have seen my share of good to great to Masterworks. Wads has it all, and can even keep the kids attention. One of the great gems of our fair city.

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New Hartford, CT
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6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A really nice museum with a wide range of artwork from the old masters to modern. Nicely laid out and very engaging.

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New Bedford,MA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
34 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Very enjoyable art museum that was much larger than we expected. Even though they are doing renovations, and some galleries are closed, there is still plenty to see. Metered parking on the street is free on Sunday, and reasonable at other times, but is only for 2 hours max. You might need a garage for a longer visit, or if... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is an enjoyable place. Definitely take advantage of the guided tour. This museum has a rich history and a beautiful Picasso. The Charter Oak history is fascinating.

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Simsbury, Connecticut
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

If you have never visited the Atheneum, now is the time to experience this world class art museum. For those who find the idea that Hartford could house something this special incongruous, let me disabuse you of that notion. The exhibits usually are first rate and the artwork is among the best, but without the crowds typical of a big... More

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Wesley Chapel, Florida
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Added this stop at last minute and very happy I did! Set navigation to a nearby parking garage if your driving in. The short drive into downtown Hartford area from the highway was filled with construction and traffic so I quickly parked in a garage a short walk away. The lady at the desk was very helpful describing where the... More

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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest public art museum in the United States, was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth, one of the first important American patrons of the arts. We had an amazing time visiting the museum today. Very helpful staff and just an amazing amount of different art, displays and interesting "things" ie furniture made from... More

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