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Teacher Discovery Pass
Book a docent-guided visit for your students and receive a Teacher Discovery Pass! This one-time free pass allows you to explore our permanent collection and special exhibitions as you plan curricular connections to make back in the classroom. This pass expires the day before your class visit.

Free Family Pass
All students who visit for a docent-guided tour receive a free pass to return to the museum, where they are encouraged to act as tour guides for their families. Passes are given to teachers upon the completion of their class visit.

School Library ARTpass
School libraries can purchase a museum ARTpass for circulation within their academic institution. Each pass provides free general admission to two adults and two youth age 17 and younger. Foster family learning by calling (860) 838-4076. Limited to one pass per school.

  • August – December 2014: $10
  • January – December 2015: $25

Images of Permanent Collection
Place the Wadsworth Atheneum and its artworks at the heart of student learning—your classroom! Images for Classroom Use.

Classroom Resources & Lesson Plans
Our online collection of teacher resources provides you with creative strategies for effectively addressing student learning objectives through the visual arts. Inspire your students to view art from all angles as they study works from our permanent collection. See above on how to secure digital copies of these artworks for classroom presentation.

Download your curriculum materials today!

Reginald Marsh (American, 1898–1954), Wooden Horses, 1936

Reginald Marsh (American, 1898–1954), Wooden Horses, 1936

 

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Albert Bierstadt (American, 1830–1902), In the Mountains, 1867

 

Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900), Coast Scene, Mount Desert, 1863

Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826–1900), Coast Scene, Mount Desert, 1863

 

Frank Stella (American, born 1936), Sinjerli Variation IV, 1968

Frank Stella (American, born 1936), Sinjerli Variation IV, 1968

 

The Elements of Art: Texture, Jasper Geeraerds (Flemish, active in Holland, 1620-1654), Still Life with Lobster, c. 1645

The Elements of Art: Texture, Jasper Geeraerds (Flemish, active in Holland, 1620-1654), Still Life with Lobster, c. 1645

 

Paul Revere II (American, 1735–1818), Tankard, c. 1760–74

Paul Revere II (American, 1735–1818), Tankard, c. 1760–74

 

Paul Revere II (American, 1735–1818), Tankard, c. 1760–74

Lesson Plan: The Evolution of Production: Making Silver Goods Before and After the Industrial Revolution (High School)

 

Paul Revere II (American, 1735–1818), Tankard, c. 1760–74

Lesson Plan: The Influence of Ancient Greece and Rome on the New Nation (High School)

 

The highlighted artworks above may not currently be on view. Call (860) 838-4100 for more information. Reproduction, including downloading of Stella works is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Auerbach Art Library
The museum’s 43,000-volume Aurbach Art Library is one of the most comprehensive museum libraries in New England. The library is open on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 am to 5 pm.

Educator Memberships
Discounted museum memberships are available for professional educators at Individual ($35) and Household ($50) levels.

Membership benefits:

  • Free general admission to the museum and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events
  • Discounted admission to films and other paid events
  • Quarterly Members Calendar
  • 10% discount in the Museum Shop and the Cafe.

For more information call our Membership Office at (860) 838-4171 or visit the Membership page. A $3 fundraiser surcharge is added to all admissions during Festival of Trees & Traditions and Fine Art & Flowers.