Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
4.5
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is your place to connect with amazing art. You will find us in the heart of Hartford, CT with our castle doors open. Home to a collection of nearly 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, the Wadsworth is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States, founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842 and welcoming the public since 1844. With over 50,000 square feet of gallery spaces and a collection that ranges from Greek and Roman antiquities, European and American decorative arts, world-renowned Baroque and Surrealist paintings, an unparalleled collection of Hudson River School landscapes, European and American Impressionist paintings, Modernist masterpieces, and Contemporary Art, the Wadsworth offers a visual experience for every taste.
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  • SBGiGi
    Santa Barbara, California163 contributions
    Wow, wow and wow!
    Who knew that such an extensive and amazing museum was located in Hartford? We went as an afterthought when we went to see the Mark Twain house and some other things in Hartford. We were all amazed at the extensive collections housed in the fantastic architectural gems that comprise this museum. Whatever you want to see, they have it! There are multiple collections, along with extensive art, history and examples of antiquities, juxtaposed to modern art decorating the walls. Quite simply stunning and well worth the trip to Hartford. The special value was that it was free to enter on a Friday afternoon! Quite special and they even had some music playing from 6-8pm!
    Visited August 2021
    Written August 13, 2021
  • Adventure Diva
    Manchester, Connecticut2,054 contributions
    First public art museum - free admission thru 1/31/2021
    Whenever I am in Hartford, I love visiting the first public museum in the U.S. We were in the city when the museum was open (Friday thru Sundays). An extra plus is the museum is offering free admission through the end of January 2021. Walk-up visitors can be accommodated based on availability but it is recommended you reserve a time on their website. Took the Highlights Tour and the docent did a great job highlighting their various art collections. Do check out their artsy gift shop consisting of books, home goods and stylish items.
    Visited January 2021
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 23, 2021
  • Rachel P
    Nairobi, Kenya256 contributions
    An exceptional museum!
    We don't get to Hartford as often as we'd like, but when we do it is often specifically to spend the better part of a day at this gem of a museum. This last trip we were interested in the glass exhibit [ "Fired Up" ] and once again The Wadsworth - Atheneum did not disappoint! Exceptionally well done special exhibit (placement, lighting, flow, information), docents on the floor helpfully engaged with the visitors, and there was a demonstration of glassblowing in the outside patio space which was marvelous and featured one of the best glassblowers we'd seen on Netflix's "Blown Away"!! In addition to the special exhibits, the permanent collection is what my mom would call, "choice" - turn a corner in every gallery and either see an old favorite or a piece you've never seen before by a favorite artist, there is a nice balance of painting, sculpture, mixed media art, but also historically relevant decorative arts, ceramics, and antiquities. The galleries are accessible, the staff are attentive, helpful, and kind, and the little cafe is just the right place for a cup of coffee or a light lunch. We highly recommend the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and encourage all visitors to Hartford to make sure to spend a few hours here - you won't regret it!
    Visited October 2022
    Written October 2, 2022
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Anita G
Reading, MA133 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
We initially decided to drop into the Wadsworth Atheneum because they have a 4-5PM "Happy Hour," no drinks, just free art to see! We happened to arrive during the weekend that they have flower arrangements around selected works; the $5 surcharge was definitely worth it! It gave us great pleasure and a whole different perspective on some of our favorite artists!
Written May 3, 2023
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Helen10054
Hartford, CT40 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
This is a great museum with a lot of history of its own and a wonderful art collection. But, the museum also does tours, lectures, musical events, holiday events, and shows some great current movies. The restaurant at the cafe is excellent and well worth a visit. I am a museum member and truly enjoy this museum.
Written March 5, 2020
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shabaron
Rockville, MD101 contributions
Oct 2020
I was so pleasantly surprised to find the range and depth of exhibits within this very old museum. First of all, the physical museum is beautiful and looks like a castle. The floors are laid out in a confusing manner, but, each individual room has a central focus. I saw several famous paintings there including an original Norman Rockwell. I also learned a little about local Connecticut history in their displays. Allow a least 3 hours at the bare minimum.
Written October 19, 2020
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tosl
Jersey City, NJ780 contributions
Jan 2021
Great collection without being overwhelming. The staff is very helpful and friendly and plenty of parking right on the street (and free on weekends). They have a nice collection of Hudson Valley School paintings and my daughters enjoyed the room on the French Revolution - which is sadly lacking in Paris itself.
Written January 16, 2021
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katr0713
63 contributions
Apr 2021
We only had a short amount of time, as we were waiting for our flight. I fully appreciated the temperature testing, as well as the social distancing at the door.
The museum was bright and cheery, with works of art from many different periods and modes. The people who worked there were pleasant and helpful.
I enjoyed the fact tht it was not crowded (I don't know if it was Covid, driven, or just a slow day). I appreciated the fact that it was free.
Written April 13, 2021
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Loneostrich
Miami Beach, FL136 contributions
May 2021
I very much enjoyed visiting the Wadsworth. During these strange COVID times, they waived admission, and that alone made the visit worthwhile. The collection is strong in American and European works, not particularly strong in non-Western art, although there are Chinese and Egyptian works (and I don't mean to criticize the collection, only to inform).
Written May 1, 2021
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Brendan S
Arlington, VA1,554 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Wadsworth Athenaeum is a mid-sized art museum, with three levels of galleries around a central courtyard room. It’s hard to identify a focus, but the collection is primarily European paintings after 1500 and significant American paintings and modern/contemporary works. It’s not a large collection but it’s high quality. Highlights include a rare Caravaggio, a terrific Dali painting and abstract expressionist pieces. Unfortunately, the museum continues to require masks even though the law does not require it and vaccines are widely available; an unnecessary and uncomfortable requirement resulting in the 2-star deduction I apply for unwarranted pandemic restrictions.
Written May 27, 2022
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TravellingAgainJen
Glastonbury, CT9 contributions
Jun 2023 • Business
What a Connecticut treasure the Wadsworth Atheneum has become! It's fresh and exciting, representative of people from all walks of life. From Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin sculpture to an absolutely fascinating Frederick Douglas exhibit, the Atheneum, the Wadsworth grabs your attention, whether young or old. We recently took 30+ college-age students to visit, and I kid you not, they did NOT want to leave when the bus arrived. My group's guide was Anne Butler Rice and she was PHENOMENAL! Her ability to engage with our students, excite them, and encourage them to ask questions was a work of art in itself. I was and am still in awe of her. The museum staff is inviting and helpful and will make your experience there one to remember. I absolutely encourage you to visit. It's so much fun.
Written July 18, 2023
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Ron S
New York City, NY5,345 contributions
Apr 2021
Although the collection is not really large they have a few very good paintings, mostly 19th and 20th century. Terrific early Klimt canvas, Munch, Magritte, Chagall, Dali, Ernst, a couple of good Van Goghs,. Also they have one painting by Pavel Tchelitchev on display, albeit only one even though they have a few more in the vault. Old masters are represented by Hals, van Dyck, Goya. The American section has a couple of Andrew Wyeth paintings, Sargent. The only problem they keep the surrealists in glassed frames and the light reflects so badly in the room that the colors and the paintings are difficult to see (thus 3 stars).
Written April 25, 2021
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Mary Scott
Bronxville, NY5 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
I've lived 2 hours from here my whole life and yet whenever I had a reason to go to the Atheneum I found a reason to say no. Finally we're doing a road trip and wanting to see the Isaac Julien show decided it was time to go to Hartford. And what a great surprise! So many classic gems but also some great cutting edge pieces. Hartford is lucky to have such a resource. I've become a member and will keep a closer watch on their exhibitions and pop up more often. Well- again!
Written September 7, 2023
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