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Hartford's fine art museum has an excellent collection of nearly 50,000 items of painting, sculpture, ancient, contemporary and modern art in five buildings.




It's worth a trip to Hartford CT to explore the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art's Greek and Roman antiquities, European decorative arts, baroque and surrealist paintings, Hudson River School landscapes, European and American Impressionist paintings, modernist masterpieces, drawings and costumes of the Ballets Russes, American colonial furniture and decorative arts, the Samuel Colt firearms collection, African-American art and artifacts, and contemporary art.

Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth has five connected buildings, including its iconic original Gothic Revival Wadsworth Building (1844) and the Beaux-Arts Morgan Memorial Building (1910-1915).

Between 2010 and 2015, a $33 million renovation program made the museum even more appealing, and a delight to visit.

As you enter the building at 600 Main Street (map), ask for a guide leaflet to the collections.

Wadsworth's Permanent Collection

Major exhibits change quarterly, so there's always something new to see, but you can easily be absorbed in the Wadsworth's permanent collection: major examples by Caravaggio, Orazio Gentileschi, and Bernardo Strozzi; 18th century American portraits by Ralph Earl and John Singleton Copley, 19th century still lifes by the Peale family; Surrealist art by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Max Ernst, and René Magritte; works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, William Holman Hunt, and Joseph Wright of Derby; and American modernist works by Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keefe, and Andrew Wyeth.

View of the White Mountains, by Thomas Cole, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT
View of the White Mountains, by Thomas Cole (1827),
in the Wadsworth Atheneum...


The Wadsworth is open Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday. There is a moderate charge for admission, but on certain days and at certain hours admission is free. More...

The museum's pleasant Museum Café serves soups, salads, sandwiches, pasta, and a few heartier dishes at reasonable prices.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
600 Main Street (map)
Hartford CT 06103
Tel: 860-838-4100

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Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT

The Wadsworth Building (1844) of the
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