The Art of Remaking History

June 24 – September 11, 2022

The award-winning musical Hamilton is on stage at The Bushnell this summer. While the production is in Hartford, visit the Wadsworth to learn how historic imagery informed the costume and set designs that are brought to life on stage.  

See art and artifacts that relate to the era reimagined in Hamilton, including paintings by John Trumbull and Gilbert Stuart, period costumes, silver, and rarely seen archival letters to Colonel Jeremiah Wadsworth, from the Wadsworth’s permanent collection. Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s marvelous retelling of a fabled character in American history, this exhibition similarly invites a fresh look at the past through the lens of the present. In collaboration with The Bushnell Center for Performing Arts and the Connecticut Historical Society.  


June 24 | Member perk! Members, visit on opening day and enjoy a coffee or tea in the cafe on us from noon-4pm
July 9 | Second Saturdays for Families: Hamilton and Hartford
July 15 & 16 | Member Tours: Founding Fathers
July 15 | Curator Talk with Brandy Culp
July 16 | An Early Republic Cake-Off
August 20 | Conservator Talk with Casey Mallinckrodt: Letters from the Revolutionary War

Image: Caleb Ward after Jacob C. Ward  (American, 1809–1891), View of the spot where Gen. Hamilton fell, at Weehawken, c.1830 (detail). Engraved by John Preston Neale. Engraving. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, 1938.629