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Daily Drop-In Tours
TAP Mobile Tours
Tours for Groups
Guided Visits of the Austin House

Daily Drop-In Tours

Daily drop-in tours are free with museum admission and meet in Gray Court by the Museum Shop.

Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection:
Wednesday–Friday: 1–2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am–12:30pm, 1–2pm

Special Theme Tours:
Saturday & Sunday: 2:30 pm
Themes are listed by date on the calendar of events.

In conjunction with TheaterWorks:
1:30pm on Saturdays & Sundays before TheaterWorks matinee performances.
Tours are listed by date on the calendar of events.
Free with museum admission or TheaterWorks ticket.

TAP Mobile Tours

Add another layer to your Wadsworth Atheneum experience by taking a TAP mobile tour, using your smartphone and the museum’s free WiFi. Visitors who do not have a smartphone may borrow an iPod from the Information Desk.

Earbuds are required for listening to mobile tours in the galleries. Guests may use their own, or pick up a set at the Information Desk for a $3 donation.

Audio Tours:
Visitors can access self-guided audio tours that explore the permanent collection, plus the museum’s 12 Highlights, Family, Spanish Language Highlights, and Artists on Art tours.

American Sign Language Video Tour:
The Wadsworth Atheneum’s American Sign Language Video Tour features select works of American art from the permanent collection. The videos in this self-guided tour were produced in conjunction with the American School for the Deaf.

The Great Chain Game:
Using details from works of art in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s permanent collection, MATRIX 173 artist Mark Dion created a chain of living creatures. The Great Chain Game follows a series of clues and questions that players use to create their own miniature Great Chain of Being.

Tours for Groups

Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to make a tour reservation. Use the links below to learn more about the types of tours available for groups, available amenities, and how to schedule a visit.

School Tours
College & University Tours
Adult Group Tours

Benefits of group reservations:

  • Customized guided tour
  • Discount admission for 10 or more
  • Early admission entry
  • Reservations in the Untitled Bistro
  • Free Bus Parking

When making plans for your group, please note:

  • Docent-guided tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance – no additional fee for docent-guided tours
  • Group discounts are based on a minimum group size of 10 people
  • All tours last approximately one hour unless specially noted
  • Tours meet in Gray Court by the Museum Shop
  • Membership passes, the Library ARTpass, and other discounts or coupons are NOT valid for group admissions

Guided Visits of the Austin House

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 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.

Reserve Your Visit:
Austin House visits are arranged on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 3:00pm, and on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3:00pm. Austin House tours are listed by date on the calendar of events along with reservation, parking, and accessibility information.