The Wadsworth Atheneum has been undergoing a major renovation since 2010 that is slated to be complete in 2015. The $33 million project will renew 32 galleries and 15 public spaces to improve the museum experience for our visitors.
The museum is open during the final phase of renovation, and though some galleries may be unavailable, many favorite works are on view. Selected highlights from the Contemporary collection on view include pieces by Jackson Pollock, Richard Tuttle, and Ellsworth Kelly. Also available are examples from the museum’s collections of Hudson River School paintings, Colt firearms, Wallace Nutting furniture, American art from the colonial period to the mid-20th century, Surrealism, and the acclaimed MATRIX exhibition program.
On January 31, 2015 the museum will unveil sleek modern and contemporary art galleries brimming with pivotal works by artists like Franz Kline, Sol LeWitt, Martin Puryear, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Kara Walker, and Andy Warhol. Also opening January 31, 2015 is the inaugural presentation in the museum’s expanded special exhibition space, Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008—the first exhibition to use visual art as a lens to explore the lure that Coney Island exerted on American culture over a period of 150 years.
The beautiful, historic, Beaux-Arts Morgan Memorial Building—restored to its historic splendor and boasting the first complete reinstallation of the European art collection in over 20 years—will be revealed in a grand reopening September 2015. The Morgan Memorial Building will showcase hundreds of works of European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. An immersive Cabinet of Art and Curiosities will feature remarkable 17th-century objects, many assembled by the great collector J. Pierpont Morgan, combined with natural history specimens and other rarities.
Throughout this process the museum will continue to bring you programs that you love. Join the after-work crowd at First Thursdays or explore art with your children and family at Second Saturdays. View a film in Aetna Theater or tag along on one of our daily tours. Visit our calendar to see what’s coming up! We want you to be part of this exciting journey with us, so please follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and sign up to receive Instant Atheneum, our e-newsletter.
If you are preparing to visit the museum to see a specific work of art, please call ahead to confirm it is on view during renovation. The Information Desk is happy to take your call Wednesday through Sunday, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm at (860) 838-4100.
During renovations get a free exhibition catalogue when you spend $40 in the Museum Shop, in store or online!
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