The Austin House

The Austin House, a National Historic Landmark,  is the largest object in our collection. Located at 130 Scarborough Street in Hartford, it is the former home of  the legendary and innovative A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927 to 1944. It is appointed with unique examples of eighteenth and twentieth century European furniture and decorative arts. In the 1930s it was a gathering place for leaders of the international art world, including Salvador Dalí, Alexander Calder, Gertrude Stein, George Balanchine, Le Corbusier, Cecil Beaton, Martha Graham, Agnes de Mille, Aaron Copland and Virgil Thomson.  Images of the Austin House from the book Magic Facade: The Austin House may be viewed here.

Austin House Tours

Make a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund and visit the home, and receive complimentary same-day admission to the Wadsworth. Visits are arranged on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 3:00 pm. Groups are limited to between six and twelve visitors.  Reservations are required at least one month in advance.

Guests meet their docent at The Austin House. Parking is available in the driveway in front of the house. To protect the carpeting and floor, you will be provided with flexible booties to cover your shoes, or you may remove your shoes at the front door. The visit includes portions of the house on the second floor. There is a stairway to the second floor, but no elevator service. To reserve this tour, please call us at 860-838-4046.

From Our Collection

Lichtenstein, 1964 Cave, 2009 Wojnarowicz, 1990 The Beach at Berck, 1873

Upcoming Events

Aug
21
Thu
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Aug 21 @ 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 [...]
7:00 pm Film: The Great Passage
Film: The Great Passage
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Film: The Great Passage
Film: The Great Passage: An introverted and unsuccessful salesman is asked to finish a new modern dictionary. After humbly accepting the daunting job, he dedicates [...]
Aug
22
Fri
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Aug 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 [...]
5:30 pm Movies & Music: Desire
Movies & Music: Desire
Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm – 9:45 pm
Movies & Music: Desire
Movies & Music: Desire: An automotive engineer bound for a holiday in Spain meets a sultry jewel thief. 1936. USA. 95 min. Not Rated. B&W. [...]
Aug
23
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Aug 23 @ 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 [...]

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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