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Wadsworth Atheneum

600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
860-278-2670
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Ranked #2 of 44 attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Hartford, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This old museum has old and new art. Other exhibits such as furniture and armor. Christmastime display of decorated trees and entertainment is a bonus. Other nearby attractions.

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Treasure Beach, Jamaica
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35 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Even as it undergoes renovation, the Atheneum continues to delight visitors. The oldest art museum in the country, it has fine collections of American and French Impressionists; has recently enlarged its collection of Caravaggio and his disciples; Hudson River artists; American furniture, and lots more. Because the vast part of its holdings are in storage, it can and does continually... More

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CT
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is the oldest museum in the USA. Its collection is wide and varied. It attracts excellent traveling exhibitions.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Many rooms depict different art paintings of different artists. & timeframe. The restaurant in the edifice offers tastefully delightful selections. Definitely worth your time!

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Oxford, CT
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford is an excellent art museum. I especially like the Hudson River School collection.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Wadsworth has a great collection of art and frequently has exhibitions. Also has great Museum After Dark events that include music, cocktails, movies and more. It is the first public museum in the country, so you get to see something of high historic value :)

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Scotch Plains, New Jersey
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

If you are strapped for ideas, check this place out. It is on the smaller size, but this museum hosts a stunning permanent collection. They also host a very wide range of different artists, time periods, American vs. European. Absolutely STUNNING collection, very friendly staff, and the Admission prices are very reasonable. Ladies: FREE LOCKERS!!! Take advantage of the free... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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71 reviews 71 reviews
22 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Visited this museum with a group of Senior Citizens. Had an extremely knowledgeable and personable docent as our guide. The Museum is undergoing an extensive restoration at the present time, but there is still much to see and admire. An absolutely gorgeous building in our Capital City. But alas, parking is tough. Saw several Picassos, a Dali and a Warhol,... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The Wadsworth Atheneum is wonderful. It has a staggering collection of American furniture and decorative arts (much of which is not on display right now) and very good collections of European paintings and Hudson River School paintings, plus much, much more. I think this would be a great place to introduce children to museum going - it's not as overwhelming... More

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

A real nice place and something that you wouldn't think that would be in Hartford. The price is reasonable and there discounts that may apply. Wonderful artwork and is diverse, something for everyone to see. Parking is tough and the museum is being remodeled.

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