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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842. 

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The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest continuously operating public art museum in the United States, founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842. It is one of Connecticut's principal cultural and civic institutions and steward of nearly 50,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of artistic expression, all located in the heart of downtown Hartford.

The museum's collections include: 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, Contemporary Art, and more. As the first U.S. museum to purchase works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Joseph Cornell, Salvador Dali and others, and the first to exhibit major surveys of works by Italian Baroque masters, Surrealists and Picasso, the Wadsworth Atheneum boasts a long history of innovation in the collection and presentation of art from around the world. Since its opening, the museum has presented artists of its own time, from Thomas Cole to Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol and Sol LeWitt. That spirit lives on through recent acquisitions by artists including Kara Walker, Chuck Close and participants in the groundbreaking MATRIX program.

Newly renovated galleries showcase the internationally acclaimed collections like never before, making them accessible and exciting for art-world veterans and first-time visitors alike.

Read about the museum's exhibitions, or check out upcoming events.

The Wadsworth Atheneum is open Wednesday-Sunday, with Highlights Tours daily at 1 p.m. and Special Exhibition Tours Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. The Museum Café offers freshly prepared appetizers, soups, savory sandwiches, salads and entrees until 3:30 p.m. each day, and the award-winning Museum Shop is open throughout regular museum hours. Visit the museum's website for detailed parking information and to browse the events calendar for film programming, gallery talks, lectures and family-friendly events. 

Other amenities: Mobile tours, Group Tour reservations available, Special Events, Catering and Dining Nearby 


Pricing: Adults $15, seniors $12, students (with ID) $5, children (under 18) free.

Other Amenities: Open After COVID, ADA Compliant, Bus Parking, Food/Beverage Services, Gift Shop, Groups Welcome, Guided Group Tours, Indoor Activity, Meeting/Event Facilities, Restaurant on Site, Special Rentals

Dates of Operation: Closed major holidays



600 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103


Wed.–Fri. 11 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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