The snowy days of winter will soon be upon us. Whether you enjoy the cold weather or you prefer the warmth of a roaring fire, you'll agree that winter can feel very long--finding interesting entertainment is the key to surviving the season. Art museums can provide hours of entertainment, getting lost in the fascinating paintings, sculptures, and works of art that transport you to another time and place in history. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is just a few miles from your home at Montage | Rocky Hill and boasts an impressive collection of more than 50,000 pieces spanning 5,000 years.
The Wadsworth Atheneum was founded in 1842 by Daniel Wadsworth. Wadsworth's original vision was to create an art gallery dedicated to fine art, but popular opinion at the time persuaded him to make the building an atheneum instead. An atheneum is a building combining artwork and a library to broaden knowledge of art, literature, science, and history. Throughout the years, many additions were made to the original building, and in 1969 it was finally dedicated solely to fine arts, as Wadsworth had intended. Now the extensive art collection at the Wadsworth is spread throughout five connected buildings, each representing architecture unique to the period in which it was built.
A remarkable variety of artwork in the museum represents many different styles and movements throughout history. The European collection boasts incredible Italian Baroque and Surrealist pieces from artists such as Caravaggio and Dali. The American collection is the largest and features works by Ralph Earl, John Singleton Copley, Georgia O'Keefe, and Alexander Calder. Contemporary fans will enjoy pieces from 1945 to the present time--this collection contains Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, and Conceptual Art, among others.
The Wadsworth Atheneum is open Wednesday-Friday from 11am-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm, and is closed on Monday and Tuesday. Guests can visit for free every day from 4-5pm--general admission for adults at other times is $15 ($12 for seniors and children 18 and under are free). The museum also offers tours, a cafe, and a gift shop. Please feel free to contact us to learn more about this outstanding art museum.