Connecticut Art Trail
The Connecticut Art Trail is a nationally recognized partnership between 20 world-class museums and historic sites, created to promote Connecticut’s rich cultural assets as part of a travel experience. The Trail was launched in 1995 as the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, celebrating Connecticut’s ten museums and historic sites which highlighted American Impressionism.
Gateway to Fairfield County and gem of a museum offering changing exhibitions of fine art, photography, ethnology and natural science in park setting near Long Island Sound. Walking distance to luxury hotel, Greenwich train station, and downtown dining, shops and boutiques. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
The exciting reimagined campus includes beautiful new museum galleries, café, store, library and archives, and landscape and gardens restored based on historical documentation. The circa 1730 National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House survived the American Revolution and became the site of Connecticut’s first American Impressionist art colony from 1890 to 1920, where influential artists including Childe Hassam lived and worked. Greenwich Historical Society preserves and interprets the history of this vibrant, globally influential community through exhibitions and engaging lectures, programs, and events. Open Wednesday-Sunday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is renowned as a national leader for its presentation of outstanding new art, cultivation of emerging artists, and innovation in museum education.Founded by Larry Aldrich in 1964, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum is dedicated to fostering the work of innovative artists whose interpretations of the world around us serve as a platform to encourage creative thinking. The Aldrich is one of the few independent, non-collecting contemporary art museums in the United States and the only museum in Connecticut devoted to contemporary art, and engages its diverse audiences with thought-provoking, interdisciplinary exhibitions and programs. Open Sunday-Monday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm, Wednesday-Friday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
The Housatonic Museum of Art has one of the most significant collections of any two-year college in the country and includes works by master artists such as Rodin, Picasso, Matisse, Miro and Chagall. Both art enthusiasts and casual observers have the rare opportunity to engage daily with original works of art and artifacts on continuous display throughout the College and campus grounds. The Museum also presents lectures, programs and changing exhibitions in the Burt Chernow Galleries for students and the community at large, serving as a rich cultural resource for the Greater Bridgeport area.
Weir Farm National Historic Site, A National Park for the Arts, was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), America’s most beloved Impressionist, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England landscape painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. The views and buildings that inspired the artistic works of Weir, Young, Andrews and others – the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, woodlands and Weir Pond – are expertly preserved. Designed by artists, the park welcomes everyone to enjoy the power of creativity, art and nature as part of the American Experience.
Greater New Haven
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine that occurred from 1845-52. The museum preserves, builds and presents its art collection to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland’s Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic. Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday from 10:00am to 7:00pm, and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Presented to the university by Paul Mellon (Class of 1929)‚ the Yale Center for British Art houses the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom, exhibited in a striking building designed by American architect Louis I. Kahn. The collection of paintings‚ sculpture‚ drawings‚ prints‚ rare books‚ and manuscripts reflects the development of British art‚ life‚ and thought from the Elizabethan period onward. The Center offers a year-round schedule of exhibitions and educational programs‚ including films‚ concerts‚ lectures‚ tours‚ and special events. The Yale University Art Gallery, also designed by architect Louis I. Kahn, is located across the street. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Founded in 1832 when patriot-artist John Trumbull donated more than one hundred of his paintings to Yale College, the Yale University Art Gallery is the oldest college art museum in the United States. The collections have since grown to include more than 250,000 objects ranging in date from ancient times to the present day. Spanning one and a half city blocks, the museum features more than 4,000 works on display, multiple classrooms, a rooftop terrace, a sculpture garden, and dramatic views of New Haven and the Yale campus. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm, and Sunday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.
Located in the heart of downtown Waterbury’s architectural district the Mattatuck Museum is a vibrant destination, known locally and regionally as a community-centered institution of American art and history. The Mattatuck hosts numerous changing exhibitions each year as well as a permanent collection, which features 300 years of work by American giants including John Trumbull, Erastus Salisbury Field, Frederic Church, John Frederick Kensett, Kay Sage, Arshile Gorky, Yves Tanguy, Peter Poskas, Abe Ajay and Alexander Calder. Open Monday-Friday from12:00pm to 5:00pm.
Known as the home of American Impressionism with one of the foremost collections of Impressionism in America. Riverfront gallery includes major works by Childe Hassam, John Henry Twachtman and Willard Metcalf. Recently renovated boardinghouse surrounded by landscaped gardens was once home of the Lyme Art Colony, where noted names in American Impressionism created some of their best works. Open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is particularly proud of its commitment to provide art education and cultural enrichment to the youth of our region, with over 4,000 school children visiting the Museum each year. Through our Yellow Bus Fund, the Lyman Allyn collaborates with New London and southeastern Connecticut school systems to design and present art programs based on specific curriculum needs for students in grades pre-K through 12. Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
Refreshed installations and new exhibitions are made accessible to people with disabilities through the construction of a new Atrium. The Slater Museum’s collection includes fine and decorative art representing 350 years of Norwich history; 20th century Connecticut paintings and sculpture; African art; Asian and Islamic objects; a plaster cast collection of ancient monumental sculpture and Around the World on the Yacht Eleanor: The Slaters’ Grand Tour, about the founder’s 1894 17-month voyage. The Converse Art Gallery presents changing temporary exhibitions. Open Tuesday-Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
The state art museum on the University of Connecticut Storrs campus presents a variety of changing exhibitions, drawing on the museum’s collections of art from the 15th to 21st centuries and mounting traveling exhibitions and faculty and MFA installations.
Learn how you can follow the Trail with the Art Passport – a $25 booklet that gives you access to each member museum for one year. Use your Passport once at each location to access exhibits, events and more!