Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Hartford

Wadsworth Atheneum

The nation's oldest public art museum completed a five-year, $33 million renovation, renewing 32 galleries and 15 public spaces in 2015. The Wadsworth houses nearly 50,000 pieces of art in a castle-like Gothic Reviv…
Top Choice Museum in Hartford

Mark Twain House & Museum

For 17 years, encompassing the most productive period of his life, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910) and his family lived in this striking orange-and-black brick Victorian house, which then stood in the pastoral …
Top Choice Museum in Hartford

Connecticut Science Center

Designed by Argentinian architect Cesar Pelli, the Connecticut Science Center is both an exciting architectural space and an absorbing museum for adults and kids alike. Innovative, interactive exhibits and programs …
Museum in Hartford

Museum of Connecticut History

This museum housed in the Connecticut State Library on Capitol Hill and renowned for its impressive genealogy library packs a punch for US history buffs. It also holds Connecticut's original royal charter of 1662, a…
Gardens in Hartford

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens

Known for its collection of 15,000 rose bushes, the 102-acre Elizabeth Park was donated to the city by a wealthy industrialist, who asked that it be named for his wife. Planted with more than 900 varieties, the gard…
Park in Hartford

Bushnell Park

The Capitol overlooks the 37-acre Bushnell Park, the first public park in the US built with taxpayers' money. It was designed by Jacob Weidenmann and opened in 1861. Weidenmann's unique vision – an informal, natural…
Historic Building in Hartford

Nathan Hale Homestead

Nathan Hale, a schoolteacher turned patriot who was eventually pegged as a spy during the American Revolutionary War and hanged by the British at the age of 21, was already in the Continental army when his father bu…
Historic Building in Hartford

State Capitol

Built of New England granite and white marble and topped by an ostentatious gold-leaf dome, the Gothic palace that is Connecticut’s State Capitol (1879) was designed by Richard Upjohn and took over a decade to compl…
Museum in Hartford

Harriet Beecher-Stowe Center

Along with literary titan Mark Twain, Hartford was also home to Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the antislavery book Uncle Tom's Cabin. Upon meeting Stowe, Abraham Lincoln reputedly said, 'So this is the little lad…
Historic Building in Hartford

Old State House

Connecticut's original capitol building (from 1797 to 1873) was designed by Charles Bulfinch, who also designed the Massachusetts State House in Boston, and was the site of the trial of the Amistad prisoners. Gilber…