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Daily Drop-In Tours
TAP Mobile Tours
Tours for Groups

Daily Drop-In Tours

Daily drop-in tours are free with museum admission and meet in Gray Court by the Museum Shop.

Highlights Tour of the Permanent Collection:
Wednesday–Sunday at 1 pm
Saturday & Sunday at 11:30 am

Special Theme Tours:
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30 pm
Themes are listed by date on the calendar of events page.

TAP Mobile Tours

Add another layer to your Wadsworth Atheneum experience by taking a TAP mobile tour, using your smartphone and the museum’s free WiFi. Visitors who do not have a smartphone may borrow an iPod from the Information Desk.

Earbuds are required for listening to mobile tours in the galleries. Guests may use their own, or pick up a set at the Information Desk for a $3 donation.

Audio Tours:
Visitors can access self-guided audio tours that explore the permanent collection, plus the museum’s 12 Highlights, Family, Spanish Language Highlights, and Artists on Art tours.

American Sign Language Video Tour:
The Wadsworth Atheneum’s American Sign Language Video Tour features select works of American art from the permanent collection. The videos in this self-guided tour were produced in conjunction with the American School for the Deaf.

The Great Chain Game:
Using details from works of art in the Wadsworth Atheneum’s permanent collection, MATRIX 173 artist Mark Dion created a chain of living creatures. The Great Chain Game follows a series of clues and questions that players use to create their own miniature Great Chain of Being.

Tours for Groups

Groups of 10 or more are encouraged to make a tour reservation. Use the links below to learn more about the types of tours available for groups, available amenities, and how to schedule a visit.

School Tours
College & University Tours
Adult Group Tours

Benefits of group reservations:

  • Customized guided tour
  • Discount admission for 10 or more
  • Early admission entry
  • Café reservations
  • Free Bus Parking

When making plans for your group, please note:

  • Docent-guided tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance – no additional fee for docent-guided tours
  • Group discounts are based on a minimum group size of 10 people
  • All tours last approximately one hour unless specially noted
  • Tours meet in Gray Court by the Museum Shop
  • Membership passes, the Library ARTpass, and other discounts or coupons are NOT valid for group admissions