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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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A small gem of a museum

It's a miniature metropolitan. It has great exhibits and a little of everything. It has a nice cafe and I spent hours there. It also offers film collections and shows the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Southington, Connecticut, United States
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Southington, Connecticut, United States
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It's a miniature metropolitan. It has great exhibits and a little of everything. It has a nice cafe and I spent hours there. It also offers film collections and shows the Manhattan short film festival which is a excellent event for international short films

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We spent a summer Saturday at the Atheneum. We recently moved to Hartford and this was our first venture downtown. There was a parade, but it was easy to get to the museum and we found street parking. The first floor is modern art. We moved through it quickly - it isn't our thing - and went into the adjoining... More 

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We went to the Wadsworth as a work outing to welcome a new team member. I had worked right next to the Wadsworth for months and never noticed it was an art museum, but what a gem it is. Some truly amazing art work inside, with fun events weekly and a great little eatery inside

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The oldest continuously running musuem is always putting on a great show for visitors. Plan you trip during the Festival of Trees and enjoy a unique Christmas for the whole family.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We stopped at the Wadsworth Atheneum on our way back to Brooklyn after a week in Maine. Originally planned as a brief stopover to stretch our legs, the visit turned into several hours of stretching our minds and spirits. We are enthusiastic and frequent museum goers. The Wadsworth blew us a away with its carefully curated, beautifully displayed permanent collections... More 

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

The Wadsworth is the oldest public museum in the country. It is filled with all the important artist from all eras - Picasso, Dali, Monet, etc. They also get wonderful traveling shows. There is the original old building and a new building attached to it. It is very enjoyable to stroll through the floors and soak in all the wonderful... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Everyone must visit! We spent part of the day here and absolutely loved it. The art work can't be beat. The staff is friendly, personable, and professional.

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cummington,ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

A perfect way to spend a hot Thursday....strolling through room after room filled with interesting things... thought provoking photographs, paintings old and new, furniture design trends from last century. This museum needs more modern art furniture in its collection for sure. The best is their treasure trove of paintings and gold frames to ponder.... It was a pleasure to hear... More 

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Vernon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Fine Arts & Flowers is a wonderful event. Not only do you see fabulous art, you see floral interpretations that are thought provoking and stuning.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

I love this place. So many valuable artworks that I can spend at least 3 hours in here. Its in the heart of the city and has lots of history.

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