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Directions & Parking

Directions & Parking

Entering the Museum

Avery Door is located at 29 Atheneum Square North. Avery is the museum’s accessible entrance, and the shortest walking distance from the Front Street South garage. Avery Door—which is open during all regular museum hours—is also the entrance for all after hours programming (such as films, concerts and lectures) unless otherwise noted.

The Main Street Doors are located at 600 Main Street. 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.
    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.