Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

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Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford, CT. Photograph by Pinaki Chakraborty. All rights reserved ©

America’s oldest public art museum, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is located at 600 Main St. in Hartford, Connecticut. Shaped like a Gothic Revival style castle, it was founded by art patron Daniel Wadsworth who wanted art to be accessible to the common people. Back in the mid-nineteenth centure, exposure to fine art was limited to the very upper crust of society, and that too for their personal collection or enjoyment. Hosting a wide range of art, the museum has achieved a great deal of popularity for its collection of the Hudson River School paintings, which depict captivating scenes from America’s hinterland in the nineteenth century.

Escaping the cold weather and somewhat relentless snow, we opted for a day inside the museum, for a day of warmth and wonder. Wadworth Atheneum is a place where you can pause to marvel at a single stroke of the artist’s brush and follow the contours of a sculpted object without glancing at your watch every other minute. The exhibits are comfortably spaced, offering ample time for a relaxed viewing. No rush and during the time of our visit, not many people either.