Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

The Museum remains a pioneer in the arts through its world-renowned collection of ancient to contemporary art and innovative exhibitions. Choose from theme tours such as Storybook Hour, Learning to Look, and Connecticut People and Places. Consider taking part in the Art and Writing Initiative, where visitors closely observe, analyze, and interpret artworks through oral and written communication. College tours are available.
Contact Info
600 Main St., Hartford, CT 06103. Hartford County. 860-838-4046. Email: tours@wadsworthatheneum.org. Website: www.thewadsworth.org. Hrs: Vary.
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-2 hours. Cost: Fee/Free.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.