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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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New Bedford,MA
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91 reviews 91 reviews
34 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

The Wadsworth Atheneum is a fantastic museum. It was founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842 and now its collection has nearly 50 000 works of art. I loved the American Decorative Arts Collection with wonderful carved chests and the European Art Galleries with works of Caravaggio, Gentileschi, Dali, Miro, Magritte, Monet, Renoir and much more.

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Winsted, Connecticut
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Parking on Sunday on streets is free. Parking garages around $3 to $5. A quick walk thru of the museum in 1 hour 30. A nice casual stroll two hours plus. Bathrooms and water fountains on first floor. 3 floors. Elevator available. Nice exhibits of classic European and American paintings. Contemporary art including Andy Warhol. Kids younger than 8 might... More

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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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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