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Hartford: Art museums

The Greater Hartford area of Connecticut is an under-the-radar source for quirky and exciting museums and galleries. Despite being known mostly for its prowess in the insurance industry, Hartford is a rich and vibrant source for the visual arts. The scenic area provides inspiration to artists across the country, and the rich history of the area provides a great diversity in the work created by local artists.

Not only is the city home to the Wadsworth Atheneum, the oldest public art museum in the United States, but the surrounding area is littered with a multitude of small galleries that contain beautiful treasures.

Although initially these small treasures may be hard to find, museums and galleries across the state and country are making efforts to reach out to the public through free admission days, open houses, free art walks, and other events. Taking advantage of these opportunities will expand your understanding of the visual arts and allow you to develop more sophisticated opinions. (Rebecca Bliss)

Hartford Art Museums: Art Museums Around Hartford

Below are our Hartford Art Museum recommendations, with information on location, admission, transportation/parking, museum history and other points of interest in Hartford Art.

Amistad Center for Art & Culture

This collection of more than 7,000 works of art and artifacts attempts to give a comprehensive look at the black experience in America. It was founded in 1987 by staff of Hartford’s celebrated Wadsworth Atheneum to fill a niche focusing exclusively on African and African-American art. The permanent collection includes paintings, sculptures, artifacts, historical documents, photographs, memorabilia, and rare books.

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New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA)

Founded in 1903, the New Britain Museum of American Art was and remains the first institution to be designated strictly as a holding for American art in the U.S. Although it remains a relatively small collection at approximately 5,000 pieces, its choices are strong, particularly in the painting and sculpture areas, with works from Winslow Homer, John Quidor, William Sidney Mount, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassett, and John Singer Sargent.

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Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Wadsworth Atheneum not only offers a fabulous collection of art, but has a fascinating history that ought to drive any art enthusiast to its doors. The country’s first permanent gallery of fine art, its main building’s castle-like architecture is a nod to the Gothic Revival style of Hartford’s Christ Church (1828), which founder Daniel Wadsworth admired.

The Wadsworth is well-known for its fine and extensive collection of Hudson River School …more…