Calendar of Events

Programs take place in the museum unless otherwise specified. Click here for public tour registration.
Highlights Tours | Thursdays–Sundays, 12:30 & 2pm
Family Tour: Eyes on Art | Every Second Saturday, 12:15pm

Sep
10
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Silver Elements
Sep 10 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Silver Elements

Preview  our new Silver Vault and discover how artisans transformed the material into innovative drinking vessels and other decorative artworks. Watch while master silversmith Stephen P. Smithers demonstrates colonial American silversmithing techniques. Afterward, design your own tabletop décor using silver wire. Find the Ice Cream for a Dream truck, parked outside the museum from noon–2pm, for free ice cream while supplies last. Admission is free from noon-2pm on Second Saturdays. 

Oct
8
Sat
Second Saturdays for Families: Latinx Heritage Day
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Second Saturdays for Families: Latinx Heritage Day

Join us at the museum to celebrate Latinx heritage and culture with art making, storytelling, and performances. Admission is free noon-2 pm on Second Saturdays. Design a Carnival mask with Multi-Cultural Learning Center Bomba de AquíParticipate in an interactive dance presentation by Proyecto Cimarron, a Puerto Rican Bomba Performance Group based in New Haven. Watch students from Marinera Dance Academy demonstrate traditional Peruvian dance. Please note: Due to The Hartford Marathon, parking bans and road closures will be in effect throughout the day on Saturday, October 8, 2022. 

Únase a nosotros en el museo para celebrar el patrimonio y la cultura latinx con la creación de arte, la narración de cuentos y las actuaciones. Diseña una máscara de Carnaval con el Centro de Aprendizaje Multicultural Bomba de Aquí. Participe en una presentación de danza interactiva a cargo del Proyecto Cimarrón, un grupo puertorriqueño de interpretación de la bomba con sede en New Haven. Vea a los alumnos de la Academia de Danza Marinera realizar una demostración de danza tradicional peruana. Tenga en cuenta: Debido al Maratón de Hartford, el estacionamiento estará prohibido y las calles estarán cerradas todo el día del sábado 8 de octubre de 2022.

Dec
17
Sat
Music in the Galleries: Vera Meyer and the Glass Harmonica
Dec 17 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Vera Meyer and the Glass Harmonica

A musical instrument made of glass? Explore the contemporary glass art on view in Fired Up: Glass Today as Vera Meyer performs an informal concert on the glass harmonica, a musical instrument developed by Benjamin Franklin. Free with museum admission. 

Feb
25
Sat
Music in the Galleries with Oboe Duo Agosto
Feb 25 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries with Oboe Duo Agosto

Listen to an informal musical performance in Avery Court by the Hartford-area Oboe Duo Agosto: oboist Ling-Fei Kang and oboist/English hornist Charles Huang. Free with museum admission. 

Mar
26
Sun
Music in the Galleries with Pablo Issa and Eugenio Figueroa
Mar 26 @ 1:30 pm
Music in the Galleries with Pablo Issa and Eugenio Figueroa

Listen to an informal musical performance by members of the Hartford-area Azul String Quartet, cellist Pablo Issa and violist Eugenio Figueroa, while you explore the works on view in Morgan Great Hall. Free with museum admission.

Apr
23
Sun
Music in the Galleries: Entwyned Early Music Ensemble
Apr 23 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Entwyned Early Music Ensemble

Entwyned Early Music Ensemble returns to the Wadsworth for an informal program of seventeenth-century music from the Dutch Republic. Enjoy the works on view in Chasing Rembrandt and the nearby Dutch art galleries while listening to the sounds of Rembrandt’s time. Free with admission.

Presented with support from The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

May
26
Fri
Music in the Galleries: Chia-Yu Joy Lu and Flora Gu
May 26 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Chia-Yu Joy Lu and Flora Gu

Drop in for an informal performance by Chia-Yu Joy Lu, director of the Chinese music ensembles at Wesleyan University and Smith College, and Flora Gu, Wesleyan University student musician, featuring the erhu (Chinese two-string fiddle) and guzheng (Chinese 21-string zither). As you listen, view artworks from East Asia in the Wadsworth’s collection, including a porcelain “Vault of Heaven” vase dating to the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. Free with admission.

Presented with support from The Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

”Vault of Heaven” vase (tianqiu ping), Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period (1736–95). Porcelain. Bequest of Elisha E. Hilliard, 1951.321

Jul
23
Sun
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith
Jul 23 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Music in the Galleries: Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith

Join trumpet player and composer Haneef Nelson, the Greater Hartford Arts Council’s 2023 Jazz Activation Fellow, for an informal performance with the Birth of the Cool Ensemble led by Drake Smith. While you listen, view Bob Thompson’s monumental painting Garden of Music (1960), which features depictions of Ornette Coleman, Don Cherry, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and other jazz legends that inspired Thompson’s work. Free.

Presented with support from the Greater Hartford Arts Council and the Saunders Foundation Music Endowment at the Wadsworth Atheneum

Image: Bob Thompson, Garden of Music, 1960. Oil on canvas. The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1987.4

Oct
21
Sat
Performance | New England Ballet Theatre presents “The Red Shoes”
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm
Performance | New England Ballet Theatre presents "The Red Shoes"

New England Ballet Theatre’s contemporary interpretation of the story inspired by the 1948 film is set in Hartford in 1954 where young dancers yearn to become prima ballerinas amidst a flourishing arts scene. A pair of blood-red ballet shoes promises unparalleled dance prowess, but the Shoemaker’s dark price taints their ambitions. As Karen rises to prominence after acquiring these enchanted shoes, her relationships falter and her longing for stardom isolates and consumes her. In the aftermath, she discovers that success emerges from within, yet the Shoemaker’s sinister influence continues to lurk, tempting new hopefuls to tread his treacherous path. Visit neballettheatre.com for tickets.

Directed and choreographed by Rachael Gnatowski.

Oct
22
Sun
Performance: New England Ballet Theatre presents “The Red Shoes”
Oct 22 @ 2:00 pm
Performance: New England Ballet Theatre presents "The Red Shoes"

New England Ballet Theatre’s contemporary interpretation of the story inspired by the 1948 film is set in Hartford in 1954 where young dancers yearn to become prima ballerinas amidst a flourishing arts scene. A pair of blood-red ballet shoes promises unparalleled dance prowess, but the Shoemaker’s dark price taints their ambitions. As Karen rises to prominence after acquiring these enchanted shoes, her relationships falter and her longing for stardom isolates and consumes her. In the aftermath, she discovers that success emerges from within, yet the Shoemaker’s sinister influence continues to lurk, tempting new hopefuls to tread his treacherous path. Visit neballettheatre.com for tickets.

Directed and choreographed by Rachael Gnatowski.