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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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Good American collection

Although not living far away, I had not been to the Atheneum in many years. I was not greatly impressed with the first two floors. The collection of local contemporary artists was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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North Haven, Connecticut
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North Haven, Connecticut
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83 reviews 83 reviews
8 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Although not living far away, I had not been to the Atheneum in many years. I was not greatly impressed with the first two floors. The collection of local contemporary artists was hideous—lots of ugly and gimmicky pieces. The works of famous European artists (such as Picasso, Monet, and others) all seemed to come from the bottom of their barrels;... More 

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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We stopped here as a family to get out and stretch and walk on a long winter trip. We only had about an hour for the visit. We did not make it to the feature exhibit, we only made it to the standard collection on the 1st floor. FANTASTIC. There are some real gems. Also, we got some advice from... More 

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Earlton, New York
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38 reviews 38 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This was, for me, a surprising little gem. It was a very beautiful art museum, and I could easily have spent several hours here, wandering about and admiring the works of art. There are several pieces by the Hudson River School, and paintings of the area, New England, Upstate New York, etc...

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

A great collection and just the right size. Not too much to be overwhelmed and full of surprises. Highlights were 2 rooms of Hudson River School paintings, a room of French Impressionist works, and an eclectic assortment of post WWII art. Will need repeat visits...even my 14 year old said so. Totally enjoyed the 1:00 Highlights tour with Carol. Her... More 

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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

This museum is a lot bigger than i thought I was. They also have all different kinds of art, modern, american, european. Mostly oil paintings. Some great local pieces of ct, hudson valley, niagara falls. I only had 30 minutes to spend there before it closed, but that was enough time to go see just about everything at a very... More 

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Port Isaac, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Loved this museum - both inside and out! Very nice gift shop as well at the entrance where you can shop without having to pay the entry fee. Great collection of Hudson River Painters - that was my favourite part and felt like you had visited that area without having left the building.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This amazing museum is currently undergoing reconstruction. It will probably be great when it reopens (spring 2015). Unfortunately, many of the pieces for which the museum is known weren't on display, thus requiring a return trip. The docent-led tour was also canceled the day I visited the museum. It's too bad that the museum still charged the same price for... More 

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Slingerlands, New York
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83 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Did not at all expect to see what we did. 3 floors, and a beautiful, old building. Had a light lunch in the cafe which was very good and reasonable. I am not an expert, but I found this museum interesting in that they have seemingly unrelated pieces displayed together. It clearly works. The third floor alone could take a... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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14 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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