Please note: The Wadsworth is open during the final phase of renovation, and though some galleries may be unavailable, many favorite works are on view. European Masterworks from the Permanent Collection features masterpieces by Caravaggio, Renoir, Monet, and more. 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.
If you are coming to see a specific work of art and want to confirm that it is on view, we are happy to check for you. Call the Information Desk, 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!
Hours & Admission
The museum is closed July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day; and closes at 3 pm the day before Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day.
- Wednesday, Thursday & Friday: 11 am – 5 pm
- Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
- First Thursdays: 11 am – 8 pm
$3 is added to all admissions during Fine Art & Flowers (April) and Festival of Trees & Traditions (December)
- 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, Members and Students – Free
- Blue Star Museums: The Blue Star Museums program provides free admission for active-duty military and their immediate family members (up to five) Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Planning a group visit or field trip? Learn more about group tours.
- Insider Access level members and above: Free
- Other members: $7
- Adults: $9
- Seniors (age 62+) and Students with ID: $8
Free Admission Options
As part of the Wadsworth Atheneum’s Community Engagement Initiative to provide greater community access to the museum, a variety of free general admission options are available (special fees excluded). Select the option that best suits you and your family’s schedule.
Second Saturdays For Families: Arrive before 1 pm on the second Saturday of each month and enjoy free admission for the day. Check the calendar for each month’s special family programs.
Library ARTpass: Visit your Connecticut public library and borrow the Wadsworth Atheneum ARTpass. Offered free of charge to more than 200 Connecticut public libraries, the ARTpass provides free general admission for two adults and two youth age 17 and younger. Select a “free day” that suits your family’s calendar!
Hartford Youth: Our roots are in Hartford, and one of the ways we honor this is by offering Hartford students (grades K -12) with free admission year round. An extension of the free program offered to Hartford public schools, we encourage students to return with their families to share their experiences and create new ones together.
Community Open House: Several times each year, the Wadsworth Atheneum sponsors Community Open House days. More than free admission to the museum, Open House events feature special programming, activities, and performers to heighten the connection between visitors and the art. Visit our calendar and search free to see upcoming community days.
Veteran’s Recognition: On the weekend of Veteran’s Day we honor active and former military personnel with free admission to the museum.
Bank of America Museums on Us: Bank of America gives its credit and debit cardholders free admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum the first weekend every month. Visit the Bank of America website for more details. Bank of America selected 150 arts and cultural institutions across the country and we’re delighted to be a part of this annual partnership.
Evening Lectures: Most evening lectures are free and open to the public. Check our calendar for a listing of upcoming events.