Best Art Museums In Hartford

January 4, 2011 10:34 AM

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. — Stephanie Geary

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

600 Main St.
Hartford, CT 06103
(860) 278-2670

One of the best art museums in Hartford also happens to be the oldest public art museum in America: Wadsworth Atheneum. Founded by Daniel Wadsworth, the museum has a permanent collection of more than 45,000 pieces of art. Some of those pieces include paintings from the Hudson River School, which are considered “masterpieces of American art.” You will also find paintings by Dali, Caravaggio and Miro. There are also a number of items of porcelain, English silver and American furniture.

Real Art Ways

56 Arbor St.
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 232-1006

One of the best art museums in Harford is a bit nontraditional. Real Art Ways is a contemporary art museum that incorporates visual art, live arts and film and video. The museum was started 33 years ago by a group of artists who were looking for someplace to exhibit their own work. The gallery is open every day except for Monday.

New Britain Museum of American Art

56 Lexington St.
New Britain, CT 06052-1412
(860) 229-0257

The New Britain Museum of American Art is one of the best art museums in Hartford. Founded in 1903, the museum was the first of its kind. There are 10 galleries filled with paintings and sculptures. The collection consists of 5,000 pieces of art that “reflect our ever-evolving culture.” There are also special exhibits and displays that are shown in the NEW/NOW Gallery and change every three months.

The West Hartford Art League

37 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 231-8019

On a smaller scale, the West Hartford Art League has one of the best art museums in Hartford. Formed in 1934, the West Hartford Art League holds monthly exhibits that are free and open to the public. The membership of the art league is more than 700 members. The league donates space in their gallery every year to the West Hartford Public School System for ArtBeat, which is an exhibit of the students’ artwork.

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