Even after two decades of living in New England, it still surprises me how many activities there are in the area. We spent an afternoon wandering the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut’s largest art museum. We hadn’t been back to this amazingly lovely museum in about five years and I only recently learned that it’s the oldest continually operating public art museum in the United States.

The museum measures 75,000 square feet and sits on one city block, but somehow the layout and exhibits feel cozy and intimate. It wasn’t very crowded on a Sunday afternoon and it almost felt like we had the place to ourselves most of the time.

One of my favorite pieces here is “Grapes” by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. The piece is made from 26 three-legged stools from the Qing Dynasty and assembled without the use of glue or nails.

"Grapes" by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei
“Grapes” by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei
The painting Chinese Firecracker (c. 1890) by John Haberle hanging at the Wadsworth Atheneum
Chinese Firecracker (c. 1890) by John Haberle
Lunch at the museum cafe.
Lunch at the museum cafe.

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