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

Daily Drop-In Tours

Docent-guided tours for individuals and small groups of up to 8 people, unless otherwise specified, are available by reservation. Tickets are available via thewadsworth.org/events. All tours begin at Avery Memorial entrance, located at 29 Atheneum Square North. Museum entry is limited at these hours to guided groups and visitors are required to remain with the group for the duration of the tour. Face masks and social distancing required. Call (860) 838-4046 to inquire about virtual touring possibilities.

Highlights Tours
Wednesdays, 11:30am & 2:30pm
Saturdays & Sundays, 11am

Special Theme Tours

Savor: A Revolution in Food Culture  Limited to groups of 4 people per tour
Wednesdays, 1pm
Made in Connecticut: Celebrating 25 Years of the CT Art Trail
Sundays, 11am 

Family Tours
Every second and fourth Saturday, 11:15am
Reserved for families and adults with children only. Little ones, strollers, and intergenerational bonding expected!

Mobile Guide

Add another layer to your Wadsworth Atheneum experience with our Mobile Guide, using your smartphone and the museum’s free WiFi. 

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

Tours for groups of 8 or more are available on Wednesdays by reservation only. To inquire about fees or to schedule a visit, contact tours@thewadsworth.org or call (860) 838-4046.

Benefits of group tour reservations:

  • Free for student and youth groups (fees apply for adult group tours)
  • Customized guided tour
  • Accommodation for groups of 8 or more
  • Admission outside of general operating hours

When making plans for your group, please note:

  • Docent-guided tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance
  • All tours last approximately one hour unless specially noted
  • Tours meet in Avery Court; enter the museum at 29 Atheneum Square North
  • The Wadsworth can accommodate tour requests in multiple world languages including Spanish and French. Please inquire with at least 3 weeks advanced notice.

Virtual Group Tours

Virtual tours of the Wadsworth connect you to our world-class collection from afar.  To inquire about virtual touring possibilities or to schedule a your tour, contact tours@thewadsworth.org or call (860) 838-4046.

Virtual Tour Pricing
Adults: $200 for up to 25 people
Seniors: $150 for up to 25 people
College/School groups: Free

Guided Visits of the Austin House

Tours of the Austin House are canceled until further notice as the unique architecture of the house does not allow for safe social distancing. Learn more about the Wadsworth response to COVID-19.