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Art in Focus
Feb 21 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Spend 20 minutes exploring a collection of Chinese jade carvings in depth with a docent.

Free with museum admission. Meet by the Museum Shop.


Tour: Highlights
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.


Edward Gorey: Theater & Dance Enthusiast
Feb 21 @ 6:00 pm

Art Talk
Edward Gorey: Theater & Dance Enthusiast
5pm Public Reception & Exhibition Viewing
6pm Onstage Conversation

Tony Award-winning Hartford Stage artistic director Darko Tresnjak, dance critic Robert Greskovic, and curator Erin Monroe take the stage for a conversation about Edward Gorey’s passion for the arts. Free admission.



Tour: Highlights
Feb 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.


Reservation Required: Austin House Visit
Feb 22 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Located two miles from the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford’s West End, the Austin House, a National Historic Landmark, is the largest object in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s collection and is the former home of A. Everett “Chick” Austin, Jr., the museum’s director from 1927–1944. Click here for a complete description and photos of the house.

With a $25 contribution to the Sarah Goodwin Austin Memorial Fund, guests are invited to visit the Austin House and also receive same-day admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum. Advance reservations are required, and groups are limited to 12 visitors. Guests will meet their docent at the Austin House, located at 130 Scarborough Street, Hartford.

Parking is available in the driveway in front of the house. Restroom facilities are not available at the Austin House, and guests are encouraged to plan in advance for their comfort.

To protect the carpeting and floor, guests will be provided with flexible shoe covers, or may remove their shoes at the front door. Due to its unusual architecture, the house is not wheelchair accessible and there is no elevator service to the second floor. Verbally-descriptive tours of non-accessible areas of the house are available with a reservation at least three weeks in advance.

Reserve Your Visit:
Austin House visits are arranged on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 3:00 pm, and on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 3:00 pm.

Thursdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 24 hours in advance.

Saturdays: Call (860) 838-4046 at least 48 hours in advance.

If available, “day-of” reservations may be made in-person at the Wadsworth.


Film: The Fencer
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm
Film: The Fencer


Fleeing from the Russian secret police, a young Estonian fencer is forced to return to his homeland, where he becomes a physical education teacher at a local school.

2015. Estonia/Finland. 99 min. Not Rated. Subtitles. Directed by Klaus Härö.



Film Tickets:
$9 Regular Admission
$8 Seniors (62+) and Students with ID
$7 Members
Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

All Showtimes:
Thursday, February 22 at 7 pm
Saturday, February 24 at 2 pm
Sunday, February 25 at 2 pm


Gallery Talk: Gorey’s Worlds
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Curator Erin Monroe leads a  tour of Gorey’s Worlds, the first exhibition to explore the artistic inspiration of the famed American artist and author, Edward Gorey.

Free with museum admission. Meet by the Museum Shop.


Tour: Highlights
Feb 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Join a docent for a Highlights Tour of the permanent collection. Meet by the Museum Shop.

Free with museum admission.


Special Fundraising Event: Robert Simon on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an exciting evening with Robert Simon, as he presents the lecture, Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi: Its Journey from Anonymity to Fame, and from £45 to $450 Million.

All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Wadsworth Atheneum.

The record-breaking $450 million sale price of the Salvator Mundi astonished the art world in 2017. The once-lost painting’s rediscovery is told by art historian and art dealer Robert Simon, who helped establish the its authenticity and shepherd it from obscurity to world-wide celebrity.

Tickets are on sale now.

VIP PACKAGE | $250 | Limited quantities available!
Enhance your experience at this spectacular program by purchasing a VIP Package. As a VIP you will enjoy complimentary valet parking, preferred seating during the lecture, and an exclusive post-lecture dinner with Robert Simon in the Untitled (2017) Café featuring a tasting menu by Chef Steven Wolf.

General admission tickets are for the lecture only, and seating is first come, first served. Valet parking is available to General Admission ticketholders for $10 per car.

All proceeds from the lecture and VIP packages provide general operating support for the Wadsworth Atheneum.


Encounters Series: Citizenship
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Participate in a discussion about the notion of citizenship through art and Claudia Rankine’s book Citizen. Hosted by The Amistad Center for Art & Culture.

Free admission. RSVP to to reserve lunch.

Encounters Series
The Hartford History Center at the Hartford Public library, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, and the University of Connecticut’s Humanities Institute have formed a community engagement partnership to present Encounters, a series focused on encouraging informed and informal conversations about issues that affect our lives. The aim is to strengthen our ability to know ourselves, and to develop a forum for respectful and challenging dialogue.