Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (Hartford, USA)

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, USA. Courtesy Wadsworth Atheneum.

The Wadsworth Atheneum first opened it doors in 1844 and is the oldest, USA art museum in continuous operation. The Museum’s costume and textiles collection holds approximately 2500 textile objects (including embroideries) and 5000 costumes and accessories. These range in date from the so-called Coptic period (Egypt) to contemporary Western items.

The collection also includes needlework items representing every continent, including African American story quilts, Native American baskets, as well as contemporary fibre art. The museum also houses the world-renowned Serge Lifar collection of Ballets Russes paintings and drawings, as well as a range of Ballets Russes costumes. The museum also houses documents and collections relating to the Cheney Brothers (a silk factory based in Manchester, Connecticut, USA). The company closed in the 1930's.

Address: 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103, USA

Museum website (retrieved 11th August 2020).

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