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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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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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major collection worth a detour

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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Longmeadow, Massachusetts
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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
2 helpful votes 2 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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39 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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North Haven, Connecticut
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9 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
19 helpful votes 19 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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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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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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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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27 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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