Colt Firearms Collection

The Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt Collection came to the Wadsworth Atheneum upon the death of Mrs. Colt in 1905.  A time capsule of Victorian Hartford, the collection includes American and European paintings and sculpture, the furnishings and contents of Armsmear—the mansion house built by Samuel Colt in 1857—and Colt’s personal collection of firearms, edged weapons and armor from around the world.  The latter gathering not only includes prototype weapons from Colt’s firearm company, but also rare and historic pieces given as gifts to Colonel Colt by czars, princes and sultans.  Highlights include the wooden model carved by Colt aboard ship in his youth that led him to the design of the perfect revolver, Moorish swords, Italian armor, and scarce examples of Colt’s own products, such as the Walker-Texas holster pistol—perhaps the most storied of all handguns on the Western Frontier.

Selected objects from this collection are on view in the American Decorative Arts Collection.


From Our Collection

1844, Cole Kim, 1994 1863, Boudin 1870, Monet

Upcoming Events

Jul
26
Sat
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Jul 26 @ 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 [...]
2:30 pm Tour: Portraiture in the Collection
Tour: Portraiture in the Collection
Jul 26 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Tour: Portraiture in the Collection: Free with admission, meet outside the Museum Shop.
7:00 pm Film: My Sweet Pepper Land
Film: My Sweet Pepper Land
Jul 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Film: My Sweet Pepper Land
Film: My Sweet Pepper Land: Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this [...]
Jul
27
Sun
1:00 pm Tour: Highlights
Tour: Highlights
Jul 27 @ 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: My Sweet Pepper Land
Film: My Sweet Pepper Land
Jul 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Film: My Sweet Pepper Land
Film: My Sweet Pepper Land: Baran, a Kurdish independence war hero, is now sheriff in Erbil, the capital city. No longer feeling useful in this [...]

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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