Collection

As the first public art museum in the United States we paved the way for encyclopedic museums across the country.  Founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842, the Atheneum opened two years later with seventy-nine paintings and three sculptures, and today the collection exceeds 50,000 works of art. Our collections are the result of active acquisitions by patrons, directors and curators who continued Wadsworth’s dedication to collecting and supporting the work of living artists.

From Our Collection

1594, Caravaggio 1731, Canaletto 1749, Panini 1773, Wright

Upcoming Events

Nov
21
Fri
all-day Member Shopping Days
Member Shopping Days
Nov 21 – Nov 23 all-day
Member Shopping Days: Members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop in store and online! Not a member? Join now!
Nov
22
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Nov 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Tour: Highlights: Join a docent for an exploration of the collection. Meet by The Museum Shop. Highlights Tours are offered daily at 1 pm, Wednesday [...]
2:00 pm Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels
Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:35 pm
Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the [...]
2:30 pm Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Tour: Looking at Landscapes
Nov 22 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Looking at Landscapes: Free with admission; meet at the Information Desk by The Museum Shop.
7:00 pm Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels
Nov 22 @ 7:00 pm – 8:35 pm
Film: The Better Angels
Film: The Better Angels: Beginning circa 1817, the story spans three years of Abraham Lincoln’s childhood in the harsh wilderness of Indiana. Learn about the [...]

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Hours & Admission

Hours:
Wednesday – Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm

Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $10
Seniors (age 62+): $8
Students (age 13 & over or with college ID): $5
Children (age 12 & under): Free
First Thursdays (from 5-8 pm): $5