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

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

Upcoming Events

all-day Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quechee, Vermont; Cornish, New Hampshire
Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quech…
Oct 1 all-day
Day Art Tours: Woodstock & Quechee, Vermont; Cornish, New Hampshire: Join the Women’s Committee on a trip to Woodstock and Quechee, Vermont, and Cornish, New Hampshire [...]
all-day Member Shopping Days
Member Shopping Days
Oct 2 – Oct 5 all-day
Member Shopping Days: Members receive 20% off in The Museum Shop in store and online, October 2 – 5, 2014! Not a member? Join now! [...]
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Oct 2 @ 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 [...]
5:00 pm First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170
First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feat…
Oct 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
First Thursday: Frohawk Two Feathers / MATRIX 170
Frohawk Two Feathers, On loving someone who doesn’t love you back and compensating for that with plotting and murder. T H O T 1 7 [...]
8:00 pm Manhattan Short Film Festival
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Oct 2 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Manhattan Short Film Festival
Manhattan Short Film Festival: Back by popular demand! Unite with film lovers throughout the world to view and vote on your favorite short film during the [...]

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Hours & Admission

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

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