Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house.
With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.
Parking is available in the driveway in front of the house. Restroom facilities are not available at the Austin House, and guests are encouraged to plan in advance for their comfort.
Due to its unusual architecture, the house is not wheelchair accessible and there is no elevator service to the second floor. Verbally-descriptive tours of non-accessible areas of the house are available with a reservation at least three weeks in advance.
Reserve Your Visit:
Austin House visits are arranged on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 3pm, and on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3pm.
Thursdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 24 hours in advance.
Saturdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 48 hours in advance.
If available, “day-of” reservations may be made in-person at the Wadsworth.
Meet head registrar Edd Russo for a tour of the museum’s new storage facility. Learn about the policies and procedures implemented by the registrar’s office to care for the museum’s collections. Refreshments provided. Limited space available. Call (860)838-4070 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot.
Sweet Sanctuary presents a Q&A and book signing with Chrishaunda Lee Perez, author of We Come As Girls, We Leave as Women. Moderated by Treda Collier Dickenman, this is a great opportunity to celebrate women, survivorship, and effective strategies to uncover purpose and share the roles empathy and collaboration play in our development and success.
$40; Cash bar.
For more information call 860-507-6089.
Presented by the Women’s Committee of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Click here for registration information.
Calling all food enthusiasts! Experience culinary excellence on our trip to the Culinary Institute of America (CIA), widely recognized as the world’s premier culinary college. A student guided tour of the beautiful campus is followed by lunch at the award-winning student and staff operated American Bounty Restaurant. Featuring regional specialties prepared with ingredients selected from the riches of the Hudson River Valley and beyond.
Our three course lunch will include: Pumpkin Apple Soup topped with Crisp Bacon Lardons and Sour Crème; Sautéed Chicken Breast accompanied by Roasted Garlic Potato Gratin, Sautéed Spinach, and Lemon Butter Sauce; and a Warm Molten Chocolate Cake, served with Banana Passion Fruit Sorbet, Dulce de Leche and coffee or tea. Please indicate dietary restrictions on the reservation form by October 25, 2019. The CIA will charge an additional $10.00 to the individual for any day-of dietary requests.
After lunch, we continue to The Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. Founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery, its collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and feature over 18,000 works, including European and American twentieth century paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, textiles, glass, ceramics, and the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints—an important group of the Hudson River School paintings.
$141; $131 members; includes transportation, admission, guided tour, lunch, and gratuities.
7:30am Departs Manchester
8am Departs New Britain
4pm Departs New York
Learn about the cosmological aesthetics that shape African American art in Afrocosmologies with Berrisford Boothe, professor of art at Lehigh University and curator of the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection. Free with admission. Meet at the Museum Shop.