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Directions & Parking

Directions & Parking

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is located at 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103.

Entering the Museum

Avery Door (along Atheneum Square North, across from Travelers Tower and a short walk from the Front Street South garage) is once again open to the public and can be accessed via Prospect Street for the duration of the Travelers Plaza construction. Avery Door is open to the public every Wednesday – Friday from 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. Avery Door is also the entrance for all after hours programming (such as films, concerts and lectures) unless otherwise noted.

The Main Street Doors (600 Main Street) are open to the public every Wednesday – Friday from 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday – Sunday from 10 am – 5 pm. The Main Street Doors are not open for after hours programming unless otherwise noted.

Museum Parking Options

Download our detailed parking map for easy access to the Wadsworth Atheneum

  • Front Street South Garage – the Wadsworth Atheneum’s “Official Parking Lot” just steps from the museum!
    GPS Address: 
    Front Street Crossing, Hartford, CT
    (Once you turn onto Front Street Crossing, the garage entrance is on your right)
    $3 flat rate for museum visitors with validation in the Museum Shop or in Avery Lobby. 
    Not valid for overnight parking. Click here for walking directions from the garage to the museum.
    Note: to redeem your validated parking stub at Front Street South, use the “pay ahead” kiosks, which accept cash or credit, or simply use a credit card in any of the exit lanes (no cash in exit lanes). If you experience trouble and no attendant is on visible duty, use the intercom button to call the office for assistance.
  • On-Street Parking
    Kiosk parking is available for $1 per hour. The kiosks accept coins, debit cards, and credit cards. Display the printed parking receipt on the dashboard inside your vehicle. Please observe posted signs. Some areas are tow zones after 3:30 pm on weekdays. On-street parking is always FREE after 6 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
  • Handicap Parking
    It is suggested that visitors with disabilities park on the Main Street side of the museum to access the ramp at the Main Street entrance. Please approach the Main Street entrance from the south at Burr Mall to access the ramp.

Please note that the Trumbull Street garage no longer accepts museum-validated parking.

Other Transportation Options

  • DASH circulator bus, a free shuttle which makes several stops around the city, can be used to get from various parking garages to the museum.
  • CT fastrak stops very close to the museum for visitors coming from Bristol, Plainville, Farmington, or New Britain.
  • CT Transit buses stop nearby on Main Street in various locations.

Download the museum’s parking map or view additional downtown parking options here.