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

Apr
12
Wed
Lecture | Small Wonders: Netherlandish Boxwood Carving of the Early 16th Century with Barbara Drake Boehm
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm
Lecture | Small Wonders: Netherlandish Boxwood Carving of the Early 16th Century with Barbara Drake Boehm

In the early sixteenth century, artists in the Low Countries carved intricate miniatures from boxwood as symbols of religious devotion for their wealthy Christian patrons. Today, these carvings produce an uncanny effect on museum visitors—they stop people in their tracks and demand to be remembered.

Why do these tiny treasures from half a millennium ago have such an outsized impact today? Barbara Drake Boehm, The Paul and Jill Ruddock Senior Curator of the Met Cloisters, Emerita, explores the world of these small wonders and ponders their mesmerizing effect. Free with required reservation. 

Presented in partnership with the Design and Decorative Arts Council with additional support provided by the Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Fund at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Image: Attributed to Adam Dircksz and workshop, Miniature coffin, c. 1500–1530. Boxwood, metal (possibly silver), ink or paint. Gift of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and The Evelyn Bonar Storrs Trust Fund

Apr
28
Fri
40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 28 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers

Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth during our 40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers. Stunning floral arrangements by florists, garden clubs, and interior designers are shown alongside the works of art that inspired them. A $5 surcharge is added to all admissions during this springtime fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Apr
29
Sat
40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers

Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth during our 40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers. Stunning floral arrangements by florists, garden clubs, and interior designers are shown alongside the works of art that inspired them. A $5 surcharge is added to all admissions during this springtime fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Apr
30
Sun
40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers

Celebrate spring at the Wadsworth during our 40th Annual Fine Art & Flowers. Stunning floral arrangements by florists, garden clubs, and interior designers are shown alongside the works of art that inspired them. A $5 surcharge is added to all admissions during this springtime fundraiser presented by the Friends of the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Oct
26
Thu
Wadsworth Atheneum’s First Century: Collections and Patrons with William Hosley
Oct 26 @ 5:45 pm

The final stop on the Hartford’s Hidden Treasures Public Lecture Series & Tour. Like no other museum its size in America, the Wadsworth’s collections and identity were shaped by fascinating donors and patrons whose tastes and interests reflect the needs and priorities of their time and place. 

Nov
1
Wed
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas
Nov 1 @ 6:00 pm
Public Lecture | A Walk Through Dresden: Eighteenth-Century Meissen Porcelain with Vanessa Sigalas

5pm gallery viewing, 6pm lecture

Meissen, the oldest porcelain manufactory in Europe, has produced hard-paste porcelain in Germany since the early eighteenth century. Vanessa Sigalas, the Wadsworth’s David W. Dangremond Associate Curator for Collections Research and author of the book All Walks of Life: A Journey with The Alan Shimmerman Collection (Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt, 2023), shares how her recent research sheds light on the creation, production, and distribution of Meissen porcelain. Join us in the galleries before the lecture to view Meissen figures from the Wadsworth’s collection. Free with reservations encouraged.

Presented in partnership with the Design and Decorative Arts Council and the Auerbach Library Associates at the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Nov
30
Thu
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions

Celebrate the season and support the Wadsworth during this major holiday fundraiser, our 49th annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. Each year, community members, artists, and volunteers from local organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths, turning the galleries into a winter wonderland. All items are for sale and profits support the museum’s special exhibitions, programs, and operating expenses. Bring home the holiday cheer or donate your purchase to a local charity. A $5 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

Dec
1
Fri
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 1 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions

Celebrate the season and support the Wadsworth during this major holiday fundraiser, our 49th annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. Each year, community members, artists, and volunteers from local organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths, turning the galleries into a winter wonderland. All items are for sale and profits support the museum’s special exhibitions, programs, and operating expenses. Bring home the holiday cheer or donate your purchase to a local charity. A $5 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

Dec
2
Sat
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions

Celebrate the season and support the Wadsworth during this major holiday fundraiser, our 49th annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. Each year, community members, artists, and volunteers from local organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths, turning the galleries into a winter wonderland. All items are for sale and profits support the museum’s special exhibitions, programs, and operating expenses. Bring home the holiday cheer or donate your purchase to a local charity. A $5 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.

Dec
3
Sun
Festival of Trees & Traditions
Dec 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Festival of Trees & Traditions

Celebrate the season and support the Wadsworth during this major holiday fundraiser, our 49th annual Festival of Trees & Traditions. Each year, community members, artists, and volunteers from local organizations decorate holiday trees and wreaths, turning the galleries into a winter wonderland. All items are for sale and profits support the museum’s special exhibitions, programs, and operating expenses. Bring home the holiday cheer or donate your purchase to a local charity. A $5 fundraising surcharge is added to all museum admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions.