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Wadsworth Atheneum

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Address: 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Phone Number: 860-278-2670
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Wed - Fri 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/train
Description: The first public art museum in the United States features 50,000 pieces...
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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Enjoyed the museum and lunch in the cafe

This was my first time visiting this museum I really enjoyed it and will defiantly return again. The entire staff from the from the gift shop to information desk to security were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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York, Pennsylvania
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York, Pennsylvania
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55 reviews 55 reviews
23 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

This was my first time visiting this museum I really enjoyed it and will defiantly return again. The entire staff from the from the gift shop to information desk to security were all very welcoming, helpful and friendly. The exhibits are really nice. The current featured exhibit is Coney Island. If you every visited Coney Island during its prime this... More 

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New preston CT
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Four years we have been meeting to visit this museum. The impetus this time was to see the Coney Island exhibit. Don't miss it – just wonderful. Particularly for somebody who was brought up in Brooklyn and spent a great deal of time in Coney Island during the 30s and 40s. The curator has put together a great history with... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

The Wadworth is a Hartford gem. Currently under renovation, this museum has consistently brought us great exhibits while maintaining worthwhile permanent exhibits. Recently the Coney Island exhibit made you feel part of this fabulous period using multi-media to enhance the experience. In a beautiful old building, there's something for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Have gone three times in the past year - always something new to witness and revisit other items not noticed in prior visits. Great time to slow down the speed of life and reflect.

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Marietta, Georgia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

It's a lovely collection, featuring a little of everything. Monets to Mondrian, Frank Lloyd Wright to Hudson River School. If you have just and hour or two in downtown Hartford take advantage and see their fine art collection. The cafe looked and smelled wonderful-but we didn't have time to stop in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Spending a few days in hartford, it was a bleaky rainy day and i was looking for something to do. So glad i walked in. The grey exterior of the building encloses a diverse collection of vibrant beautiful art transcending time, culture, gender and styles. I spent 2 hrs on the first floor alone without realiseing it. Truly beautiful. I... More 

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allentown,pa
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We were at the convention center for a cheer competition and visited the Wadsworth in between sessions. It's free on certain Saturday's ( first Sat?)for families! In the short time we had we saw works by Joan Miro, Picasso, Dali, Norman Rockwell, and the Coney Island exhibit where we loved to put ourselves in the beach picture. I was able... More 

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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Of the secondary significant museums in the US, this is a major one, worth a visit. It is in downtown Hartford, with easy access. Generally one uses street parking, but there are many garages in the area. The collection shines with significant art, focusing on Americana, furniture, costumes, and modern art. The galleries have been in the process of reconstruction.... More 

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Lyon, France
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This was an enjoyable place to visit before we took the boys to the Science Center. There is quite a mix of art, so one can find pieces of interest wherever one's tastes lie. The layout is fine, but the maps don't really provide much information. Not excessively kid-friendly, although there was a Coney Island exhibit that was engaging. The... More 

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boston
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

It has been a couple years since my last visit. At that time the overall feel of the galleries was tired. Art displayed in the old way....The new installation of the contemporary galleries is fresh and inviting with a nice mix of what contemporary is. The Coney Island special exhibit was great. A thought provoking look at an American icon... More 

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