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

Nov
30
Wed
Away Message Party
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Away Message Party

Turn on your away message, shut off Zoom, and break out your ugly holiday sweater. The winter holiday season officially begins at the Wadsworth with the first look at our annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. Spend some quality time with friends, enjoy delicious bites, festive drinks, music, and more in the lavishly decorated galleries. Must be twenty-one and over to attend. Tickets are limited, registration required. $25; $15 members
Here’s a look at the evening’s lineup:

Ugly Sweater competition
Music by DJ Ch’Varda
An after-hours look at Fired Up: Glass Today
Tasty treats from local food trucks
Art making for the crafters at heart
Make and take Lego ornaments
Mini-performance of The Nutcracker, performed by Connecticut Ballet

Dec
1
Thu
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions

Join us in celebrating the holidays by enjoying trees and wreaths decorated by community members, artists, and organizations. All items are for sale and help support the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Click here for the schedule of entertainment.

A $5 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions. Skip the line! Book your tickets online.

Festival of Trees & Traditions | First String
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions | Travelers Chorale
Dec 1 @ 1:30 pm
Highlights Tour
Dec 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Highlights Tour

A docent guided tour of collection highlights. Availability is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is required. Visitors are required to wear a face mask/covering and encouraged to observe a safe social distance from others. Same-day general admission is included in the price of your tour ticket.

Theme Tour | Fired Up: Glass Today
Dec 1 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Theme Tour | Fired Up: Glass Today

An inside look at the works of art and stories presented in the special exhibition. Availability is limited to 15 participants and advance registration is recommended. Visitors are required to wear a face mask/covering and encouraged to observe a safe social distance from others while in the museum. 

World AIDS Day Conversation: Jack Lowery and Andrea Lawlor in Conversation
Dec 1 @ 5:00 pm
World AIDS Day Conversation: Jack Lowery and Andrea Lawlor in Conversation

Author Jack Lowery’s recent book It was Vulgar and It Was Beautiful chronicles the work of Gran Fury, an artist collective which formed as the visual branch of the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP). Gran Fury played a crucial role in defining the visual landscape of AIDS activism, utilizing art and design as a tool to campaign against corporate greed, government inaction, stigma, and public indifference to the AIDS epidemic. Lowery is joined in conversation by author Andrea Lawlor, whose recent novel Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl offers a speculative history of early ’90s identity politics during the heyday of ACT UP. 5pm gallery viewing, 6pm conversation. 

Meet in the galleries before the conversation to view a selection of work by Donald Moffett (MATRIX 134), artist, AIDS activist, and founding member of Gran Fury, that marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of his participation in MATRIX at the Wadsworth. Free with required reservation. 

Dec
2
Fri
Member Morning
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Member Morning

Experience the Festival of Trees & Traditions before the hustle and bustle of regular museum hours. 

Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions

Join us in celebrating the holidays by enjoying trees and wreaths decorated by community members, artists, and organizations. All items are for sale and help support the museum’s special exhibitions, educational programs, and operating expenses. Click here for the schedule of entertainment.

A $5 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions. Skip the line! Book your tickets online.

Festival of Trees & Traditions | Farmington High School Madrigal Singers
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm