My daughter and I were invited to the Wadsworth Atheneum to check out their Festival of Trees Exhibit and wow, we may just add it to our annual holiday bucket list moving forward. The Festival of Trees takes part in a few areas of the museum. Each room is full with decorated trees and wreaths making for perfect backdrops for memorable holiday photos. Patrons can vote on their favorite tree. This year’s winners were:
First: Ye Old Christmas Tree, Stavens Barbara, Windsor Women’s Club Tree
Second: The Giving Tree, Beth Ballentine & Ann Sakitis
Third: Season of Light, Rovetti Katharine, West Hartford Women’s Chorale
Of course my daughter loved the Barbie & Candy Land trees. Which was your favorite?
On the way out we hit the gift shop where were surprised to find some unique finds, which turned into memorable gifts for our loved ones.
Click here to learn more about the annual Festival of Trees.
There are many reasons to visit the Wadsworth and free is one of them. Details below.
Second Saturdays For Families: Arrive before 1 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month and enjoy free admission for the day. Check the calendar for each month’s special family programs. Next one is January 10th from 10 am-1pm.
Library ARTpass: Visit your Connecticut public library and borrow the Wadsworth Atheneum ARTpass. Offered free of charge to more than 200 Connecticut public libraries, the ARTpass provides free general admission for two adults and two youth age 17 and younger. Select a “free day” that suits your family’s calendar! $3 fee applies during Fine Art & Flowers and the Festival of Trees & Traditions.
Hartford Youth: Our roots are in Hartford, and one of the ways we honor this is by offering Hartford students (grades K -12) with free admission year round. An extension of the free program offered to Hartford public schools, we encourage students to return with their families to share their experiences and create new ones together.
Community Open House: Several times each year, the Wadsworth Atheneum sponsors Community Open House days. More than free admission to the museum, Open House events feature special programming, activities, and performers to heighten the connection between visitors and the art.
Veteran’s Recognition: On the weekend of Veteran’s Day we honor active and former military personnel with free admission to the museum.
Blue Star Museums: The Blue Star Museums program provides free admission for active-duty military and their immediate family members (up to five) Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Bank of America Museums on Us: Bank of America gives its credit and debit cardholders free admission to the Wadsworth Atheneum the first weekend every month. Visit the Bank of America website for more details.
Evening Lectures: Most evening lectures are free and open to the public.
Check our calendar for a listing of upcoming events.
We received complimentary admission to the Festival of Trees in turn for our honest and real review.