We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Wadsworth Atheneum

600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
860-278-2670
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 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
Write a Review

179 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    124
    47
    7
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Hartford, Connecticut
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Connecticut
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Montreal
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rochester, New York
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I've never been overly interested in European Renaissance art, but I found this small collection quite enchanting. There's also a nice selection of French and US impressionists, as well as a considerable modern art collection, which like most, balanced the wonderful with the tedious. One highlight: The only Clyfford Still I've ever liked.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

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

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hartford, Connecticut
1 review
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Hartford, CT
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Wadsworth Atheneum also viewed

 

Been to Wadsworth Atheneum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing