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“Great museum with significant American collection”

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Ranked #2 of 65 things to do in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

I went to see the Hudson River school landscapes, and I was delighted and surprised to find a corner concentrating on Niagara Falls! There's a nice collection of 20th C. modern art and objet d'art, and some well-curated contemporary galleries as well (that toothpick cube has a sister at the ICA in Boston!). The small campus looks nice to walk around, but it was very cold the day I went. Good size museum-- worth traveling to, but won't take up your whole day.

1  Thank metalauren
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Reviewed January 30, 2013 via mobile

It was quite cold last weekend in Hartford; this was a fantastic way to kill a couple of hours and keep warm. A very nice museum- it looks small from the outside but has a wonderful collection. I really enjoyed the still lifes (you can even use their props to draw your own), the toothpick cube (no glue, just a giant cube of toothpicks) and the entire collection of Trumbull paintings - only set outside of the US Capitol. Do not pass go without going here first - a bargain at $10, ample street parking nearby.

2  Thank SoutheastJeromeFan
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Reviewed January 15, 2013

A gorgeous building houses so many treasures, including the permanent and the "touring." What a treat to be able to wander through this wondrous museum during the workday, followed by a snack at the in-house cafe. Don't miss it!

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

The first best thing about living in Connecticut. If you haven't been here - well - shame on you. Probably the greatest museum in the world and I've been to most - from France to Spain to Italy to Russia. This museum has no equal. The only bad thing about it is that very few are aware that it is the greatest museum in the world. Most people entering think - wow this was impressive - but the Louvre must be better, the Hermitage must be better, MoMA must be better and of course thats no doubt only because you've never been to those museums! Just go, thank me later.

1  Thank VinCanton_CT
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Reviewed December 22, 2012

This is a little BIG museum, full of smaller rooms of impressive paintings, surprises, beautiful architecture. Easy to get to, parking available, and free admission mornings frequently. But it's the extent of the art they they have amassed here in this small building that takes your breath away.

1  Thank Lucia207
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