Experience A Weekend in West Hartford, CT
West Hartford plays a vital role in Connecticut’s history through its arts and government contribution. From glamorous shopping centers to quaint streets, this charming town is the perfect place for a bit of rest and relaxation. If you plan on visiting West Hartford for a weekend, here are some things you don’t want to miss:
West Hartford Center
The West Hartford Center is the downtown of your dreams. Experience everything from shopping to dining and entertainment in a classic main street setting defined by quaint brick buildings.
While walking through the district, stop by a cafe for a quick coffee and peruse local boutiques or your favorite shops. Shops include Crate & Barrel, West Elm, Barnes & Noble, Jos. A Bank, Sevan Jewelers, and more. Be sure to make your way to Blue Back Square, a destination known for its live entertainment and seasonal events year round.
New Britain Museum of American Art
Founded in the early 20th century, the NBMAA was established as the first museum committed solely to the presentation and collection of American art. With an interest in work that defined “the modern” throughout the nation’s history, the museum is now home to vast collections of colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, the Ashcan School, and more.
The museum’s permanent collection turns towards America’s artistic tradition that informs contemporary artistic practice, finding origin in early American artwork and spanning the 20th century’s development from early modernists through abstract expressionism and pop art. The NBMAA is one of Connecticut’s best art museums.
Playhouse on Park
After spending the afternoon exploring downtown West Hartford, it might be time for some entertainment. If plays are up your alley, check out Playhouse on Park for affordable and quality entertainment that boasts an exciting new season of shows and performances annually. Beyond theater, Playhouse on Park also hosts a series of comedy nights throughout the year.
Noah Webster House
The Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society is the home of Noah Webster, the creator of the first American dictionary. Webster was a teacher, lawyer, and early abolitionist who also created the “Blue-Backed Speller” which helped children learn to read and was immensely popular during its time of publication.
The Noah Webster House is a great place to visit to learn more about the life, history, and world of Noah Webster along with a glimpse into the work, manuscripts, and ephemera that Webster left in his legacy.
Connecticut Science Center
Dive into all things science by visiting the Connecticut Science Center. With over 165 hands-on exhibits, this museum explores everything from forensics to astronomy through fun and engaging activities for visitors of all ages.
The Connecticut Science Center also features a 3D digital theater where visitors can experience both live shows and movies. There are also seasonal events and programs to participate in centered around science themes. This is the perfect place to visit while staying in West Hartford.
Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph
Head on over to the Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph and take in more than 2,200 works of art along with various installations. Experience works by Thomas Hart Benton, Georgia O’Keeffe, Milton Avery and more. The museum also has exhibitions on sixteenth century European prints, nineteenth century Japanese woodblock prints, and contemporary American art. For anyone with an interest in the art world, be sure to visit the Art Museum at the University of Saint Joseph while in West Hartford.
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