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Wadsworth Atheneum

600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
860-278-2670
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Ranked #3 of 40 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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Hartford, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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10 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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36 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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231 reviews 231 reviews
166 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 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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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Another Hartford gem is the Atheneum. It looks small, but has many rooms including a number of Masters paintings and the Amistad Collection of African American Art. I recently went to a special exhibition at the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain. The first painting I saw there said that it was on loan from the Hartford Atheneum. Unfortunately, I recently... More 

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Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is a great old museum with an eclectic collection, including some wonderful American impressionist and Hudson River School paintings. At present most of the building is closed for renovations. They do not volunteer this information when you purchase an admission ticket. But once you are inside, room after room is either closed or empty. So if you want to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Beautiful all the way around. When you find yourself in Hartford you must stop by. Check the website for updated news. My family loves going here.

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Montreal
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The greatest surprise was a fantastic - and quite romantic - Eugene Delacroix. There are some very good Picasso and of course the masterpiece of the museum is its famous Max Ernst of 1941.

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