Art Galleries and Museums in Hartford Walking Tour Part I, Hartford

Hartford’s museums are pleasantly surprising because of the local history and culture. The uniqueness of this tour is due to the original buildings and unusual exhibits that can be seen there and nowhere else. Take this tour to visit some of the most remarkable museums and art galleries in Hartford.
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Art Galleries and Museums in Hartford Walking Tour Part I Map

Guide Name: Art Galleries and Museums in Hartford Walking Tour Part I
Guide Location: USA » Hartford (See other walking tours in Hartford)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 km
Author: Dee
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Butler-McCook Homestead

1) Butler-McCook Homestead

The Butler-McCook Homestead is a famous house museum and landmark in Hartford. It was established in 1782 and is also admired for its wonderful garden. Visitors can find different old things representing the city’s culture, such as paintings, furnishings, etc. All of them represent a fine collection of the past centuries. The façade of the house didn’t change too much from its original look, but the Victorian style garden was restored in 1875. The Butler-McCook Homestead can be visited on weekends between 11.00 am and 4 pm. During the summer, opening hours are the same but on Thursdays and Fridays.
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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

2) Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (must see)

The Wadsworth Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States. Its architects were Alexander Jackson Davis and Ithiel Town, who designed the "castle" that is the atheneum's oldest building. Construction began in 1842 after the museum was incorporated on June 1 of that year. While "1842" can be seen clearly above the building's name above the front doors, the museum itself did not open until July 31, 1844.

The Wadsworth family, being one of the oldest and most affluent in the city contributed numerous valuable pieces of art to the museum to be displayed at the time the Atheneum opened. The first collection consisted of 78 paintings, two marblebusts, one portrait miniature, and one bronze sculpture. The Wadsworth has also been utilized since its beginning as a place for dramatic and dance performances, exhibits of historical artifacts, social functions, and benefits. The structure itself consists of the original, castle-like building, plus 4 wings that have been added onto it since it was built.

The museum is home to approximately 50,000 objects, including ancient Roman, Greek, and Egyptian bronzes; paintings from the Renaissance, Baroque, and French and American Impressionist eras, among others; 18th-century French porcelains; Hudson River School landscapes; early American clothing and decorations; early African-American art and historical artifacts; and more. The collections span more than 5,000 years of world history.

Operation hours: Wednesday to Friday: 11 am – 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm; First Thursdays: 11am – 8 pm.

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Connecticut Science Center

3) Connecticut Science Center (must see)

The Connecticut Science Center is a nine-story museum located on the Connecticut River in Hartford, designed by César Pelli & Associates. It opened on June 12, 2009. The building has a total 154,000 square feet (14,300 square meters) including 40,000 square feet (3,700 square meters) of interactive exhibits consisting of videos, audios, visuals, tactile components, programs, and live demonstrations. Planning for the Connecticut Science Center began in 2001.

The Center's goals are to promote the study of science by the state's youth and to encourage urban revitalization in Hartford. The state of Connecticut provided more than $100 million of support for the $165 million center, and the balance was donated by businesses, foundations and individuals. The Connecticut Science Center is the first science center to generate most of its needed power from an on-site fuel cell. This step was a major one for the Connecticut Science Center and its steps towards being a Gold Level (LEED) Certified green building.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.

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Hartford Police Museum

4) Hartford Police Museum

The Hartford Police Museum was created to protect and show different kinds of exhibits as an example of the past Police Department and its development. Guests can see cars, various types of guns, masks and camouflage equipment as well as uniforms that are used in many operations. The Hartford Police Museum is also an educational center where people have the chance to find out more about this kind of job and the risks associated to it. The museum is open for visitors Monday to Friday: 9 AM - 4.30 PM.
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Hurst Mckee Gallery

5) Hurst Mckee Gallery

Hurst Mckee Gallery is a famous art and antiques gallery in downtown Hartford located on the same street as the Greater Hartford Convention. The art gallery is a perfect place if you want to admire contemporary art and vintage masterpieces through original paintings and other pieces put on display. Visitors can always purchase a masterpiece to decorate the interior of the house.
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Petrini Frame and Art

6) Petrini Frame and Art

Petrini Framing and Art is a famous art gallery in Hartford and Farmington Valley as well. It was founded in 1971 and is still considered one of the best providers of fine framings for reasonable prices. Visitors are welcome to admire exceptional selections of works of art offered by artists from Hartford and other parts of the USA as well. The personnel is able to answer any questions you have regarding decorating and framing. You can come Monday till Friday between 9.00 am and 4.00 pm.
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Isham-Terry House

7) Isham-Terry House

The Isham-Terry House was established in 1854 for Ebenezer Roberts and later, in 1896, it was bought by Dr. Oliver K. Isham. He lived there in the company of his sisters, Charlotte and Julia. The structure is famous for its wide selection of features like the tower, the exterior balconies, the beautiful entrance that is decorated by an archway with columns and the stained glass in Victorian style. Visitors can also find old paintings, rare books and other significant objects.

Walking Tours in Hartford, Connecticut

Create Your Own Walk in Hartford

Create Your Own Walk in Hartford

Creating your own self-guided walk in Hartford is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Art Galleries and Museums in Hartford Walking Tour Part II

Art Galleries and Museums in Hartford Walking Tour Part II

Hartford is a magnificent city because of its original art galleries and historical museums. The second part of this tour offers you some other unique and extraordinary museums that reflect the artists’ originality and the most valuable exhibits representing the history of Connecticut and more. Take this tour to explore some of the most famous art galleries and museums in Hartford.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Architectural Buildings in Hartford Self Guided Tour

Architectural Buildings in Hartford Self Guided Tour

Hartford is a magnificent city because of its unusual new and old architectural buildings. The first part of the guide will show you the most famous structures in the center of the city. Take this self-guided tour to explore the most important historical and architectural buildings in Hartford.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Religious Self-Guided Tour in Hartford

Religious Self-Guided Tour in Hartford

Hartford is a wonderful town that is located on the Connecticut River. It is not remarkable just for its geographical position but also for the beautiful buildings and places of worship. Take this self-guided tour to admire the architecturally interesting places of worship in Hartford.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.7 km
Historic Houses in Hartford Self Guided Tour

Historic Houses in Hartford Self Guided Tour

Hartford is a place where visitors have to explore almost all the streets to see all the historic buildings of the city. Most of them are registered in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. Take this self-guided tour to admire the most important historic houses in Hartford.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Hartford is full of different old and modern landmarks. You can find historic buildings, statues, places of worship and other prominent structures that have great historical significance. Take this Orientation Walk to discover Hartford’s most interesting sights and districts.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Hartford for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Hartford has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Hartford, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.