Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
The artistic heart of Connecticut beats in the center of the state’s capital city. Hartford is home to the nation’s oldest continually operating art museum, as well as one of the country’s most modern and advanced museums of science. The city itself is built around a great park, itself both a display of nature’s art and home to massive sculptures.
Anyone who thinks museums are boring or quiet has never been roared at by the animatronic dinosaurs of the Connecticut Science Museum or stood upon the fortress walls of the Gillette Castle in East Haddam. Connecticut has many great museums that combine education with entertainment, and which are adventures in the making for visitors of all ages.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in downtown Hartford says it is closing some galleries as it wraps up a five-year, $33 million renovation project that began in 2010.
Get a dose of culture at any of these great museum exhibits this fall.
A combination of photography, film and the written word, Patti Smith: Camera Solo (on view at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art through February 19, 2012) is an intimate exploration of life and death, expressed in symbolic portraits.
Art lovers who either live in Connecticut or are visiting the Hartford area won’t have to go far for some of the best museums in the state. The best art museums in Hartford offer classic pieces of artwork from all over the country – and the world.