Arts & Culture

Mark Twain House and Museum
Mark Twain (also known as Samuel Clemens) moved to Hartford with his family in 1871.  He would then proceed to write some of his most famous novels like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  Now, his home has been transformed into a museum where visitors can learn about his life and legacy.

Harriet Beecher Stowe Center
Harriet Beecher Stowe, who is best known for writing the anti-slavery novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, lived in Hartford for 33 years. The site of her home is now a historic landmark and educational center.

The Bushnell Performing Arts Center
The Bushnell hosts some of the finest musicians, orchestras, comedians and Broadway shows. 

Theater Works
Theater Works is a premiere contemporary arts theatre in Hartford. The theatre has produced hundreds of works over the past thirty years and has remained a staple of the arts within the city

Connecticut Science Center
With 150 hands-on exhibits, a state-of-the-art 3D digital theater, four educational labs, plus daily programs and events, the Connecticut Science Center offers endless exploration for all ages. From physics to forensics, geology to astronomy, visitors have the sciences at their fingertips.

Real Art Ways
Real Art Ways is one of the premiere arts organizations in Hartford. Celebrating 40 years in the city, Real Art Ways exhibits both local and national artists, as well as screens award-winning films in its theater and hosts events throughout the year. On the third Thursday of every month, Real Art Ways hosts Creative Cocktail Hour, which highlights innovative art, invigorating music, and hundreds of the most interesting and open-minded people from the greater Hartford area. There is often a local food truck and a small snack and beverage menu.

Wadsworth Atheneum
The Wadsworth Athenaeum is America’s oldest public arts museum, with a collection that exceeds 50,000 works of art including contemporary, European, American, and decorative art. Trinity students gain access to the museum free with their student IDs. The Atheneum hosts after hours events the first Thursday each month, as well as artist talks, educational programs, and community events.