amed for Daniel Wadsworth and Athena, the Wadsworth Atheneum is the nation’s oldest public art museum, founded in 1842. The building is currently undergoing major renovations. The collection includes some 45,000 works of art, from French and American impressionist paintings and early American furniture to African-American art. The current special exhibits include Andrew Wyeth: Looking Beyond and James Welling: “Wyeth” through July 22. Among the ongoing exhibits are selections of American Art 1800-1950 and Contemporary Art, African American Art, European Art: Renaissance to early 19th Century, and the Hudson River School collection. Hours are Wednesday-Friday, 11 to 5, and Saturday and Sunday, 10 to 5 (First Thursdays, 11-8). Admission is $10; $8 for seniors; and $5 for students age 13 through college (with ID) and $10 on First Thursdays, 5-8 p.m. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Connecticut public libraries have ARTpasses for free entry. The Museum Café, operated by Healthy Source Catering, is open Wednesday-Friday, 11-3:30, and weekends, 10-3:30. Parking is available on the street or at parking garages; details are available online.
The Wadsworth Atheneum is in Hartford at 600 Main Street (from I-84East, take Exit 48B). For more information, call 860-278-2670 or go to www.wadsworthatheneum.org.