Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford (must see)

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is beautiful both inside and out. The museum was founded in 1842, making it the oldest continually operating public museum in the country. Many of the items in the museums collection were donated by notable individuals including Elizabeth Jarvis Colt, John Pierpont Morgan and the family of Daniel Wadsworth.

Visitors can view rotating exhibits or enjoy the museum's permanent collection. The Wadsworth hosts European art, American art, contemporary art and costumes. Pieces from Caravaggio, Van Dyck, Monet, Ernst, Picasso, Manet and Gauguin are among those in the European collection.

Featured American and contemporary artists include Thomas Cole, Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, Georgia O'Keeffe and Andrew Wyeth, among others. Arguably its most famed piece is the "Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776" by John Trumbull.

Special events are regularly held at the Wadsworth. These include guided tours, family tours, comedic performances and art lectures. Free admission to the museum and most events is available, though advance reservations are required.

The Wadsworth contains a gift shop and bistro. It is wise to call ahead to ensure the bistro is open on the day you plan to attend.

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Sight Name: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
Sight Location: Hartford, USA (See walking tours in Hartford)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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