Feb 25, 2011
10:16 AMDiscover Connecticut
Weekend Discovery: Wadsworth Atheneum
The oldest public art museum in the country, the Wadsworth Atheneum is one of those places in the state that you're so used to hearing about that you almost forget it's here.
Since its opening in 1844, the museum has had many momentous exhibitions, including being among the first to showcase works by Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Frederic Church, Piet Mondrain, Joan Miro and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio. The collection now boasts over 45,000 works of art—in addition to the paintings, sculpture and other masterpieces, there's historical clothing, furniture and other artifacts.
The museum is also host to numerous events, from symphony concerts in the galleries and performances in the Aetna Theater to monthly after-hours events and family programs. Plus, there are lectures, movies, classes and more.
The museum is also a rather large space with all sorts of nooks and hidden corners to explore—it's easy to lose yourself here for hours on a rainy Saturday like we're going to have this weekend.
Recently, Monet's Water Lilies: An Artist's Obsession opened to the delight of Impressionist fans. Featuring Monet paintings on loan from collections from around the world, it highlights the artist's devotion to his own water garden at his home in Giverny, where he created over 300 canvases on the subject. In addition to the paintings themselves, there will be related special lectures, tours, films and events throughout the course of the show. The exhibition runs through June 12.
For more info, call 860.278.2670 or visit wadsworthatheneum.org.