Partnership with Connecticut’s Old State House


Partnership with Connecticut’s Old State House

Separated by just one city block, the Wadsworth Atheneum and Connecticut’s Old State House represent the vibrant civic, cultural, and artistic history of our community. Join the conversation between these two Hartford landmarks by participating in the programs for schools and teachers listed below.

John Trumbull’s Revolutionary War Series Paintings on View at Old State House
While we complete the final phase of our renovation and reinstallation, the series of Revolutionary War paintings by John Trumbull (1756–1843) is currently on view at the Old State House. For more information call (860) 522-6766.

The Place Where You Live Multisite Visit (grades 3–12)

Students embrace the messages found in objects and architecture illustrating local and state history as they discover their place within this cultural narrative. Visits include hour-long tours at both the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Old State House.

Wadsworth Atheneum: Connecticut People and Places or American Art
Old State House: These Walls Do Talk: Art at the Old State House

Availability & Fees
Wednesday–Friday, 9:30am–3:30pm
School Groups: $4/student or chaperone (Wadsworth Atheneum) plus $3/student (Old State House)
Hartford schools may call to see if they quality for free admission.

Call (860) 838-4046 to reserve your visit today. Teachers should plan for this program to last two and a half hours.

Election Day Workshop

[Art] History in Your Own Backyard
What makes Connecticut unique? How are the stories of our state’s past communicated through material culture? How do they link to national story lines? Encounter the history just outside your backdoor in this multisite workshop for classroom and art educators. Teachers will explore the intersection between local, state, and national history and visual culture with gallery sessions taught by museum educators at the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Old State House.

Breakout Sessions
Participants will select one session from each location. Detailed session descriptions coming soon!

Picturing Connecticut History through Objects and Imagery (WA)
O Say Can You See? Perspectives in American Art (WA)
These Walls Do Talk: Art at the Old State House (OSH)
History in Your Neighborhood (OSH)

Availability & Fees
Tuesday, November 4, 9am–3:15pm
Fees: $40; $35 for museum, CAEA, and CCSS members; $30 for groups of five or more. Lunch included.
Certificates of Connecticut Professional Development Completion available. Four hours on task.
To register, call (860) 838-4046. Payment required at registration. Space is limited.