Connecticut’s answer to the Met, Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum houses impressive collections of everything from Roman antiquities to Miros and Colt firearms and Ballet Russes costumes in five connected buildings. Get ready to lose yourself in landscapes: Frederic Church was from Hartford, and his paintings are well represented in the notable gallery for the mid–19th century Hudson River School art movement. A destination in itself, the Amistad Center for Art and Culture is a separate nonprofit housed on the second floor (but with no separate entry fee). Created to document the African-American experience, its moving exhibitions include slave shackles and a photo of Marian Anderson singing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939.
Time Out Tip
A 16-foot sculpture of Travelers’ red umbrella logo on the plaza of the insurance giant’s HQ (One Tower Square), across the street from the Wadsworth, can inspire some fun Instagrams.