Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon: for $42, you get a membership package to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art (an $84 total value). This package includes:
- A one-year household membership, including two membership cards plus admission for immediate family members under 17 years old (a $60 value)
- One guest pass (up to a $10 value)
- Member admission to two films (a $14 value)
Children ages 12 and under receive free admission when accompanied by an adult.
As a pioneer of public museums in the United States, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art remains a flagship institution, as evinced by its Best Museum win in the Hartford Advocate 's 2011 Best of Hartford Reader's Poll. A one-year household membership empowers its holders with free admission and access to current exhibitions, such as Patti Smith: Camera Solo and a performance by Patti Smith. The Hudson River–school paintings, the museum’s most celebrated collection, capture the untouched beauty of America’s 19th-century wilds while avoiding the herds of feral Victorians that depleted the Great Plains with their ceaseless grass chewing. Adjacent to the museum’s soft downy gallery wings filled with pieces by such notable names as Caravaggio and Dalí sits the Aetna Theater, an intimate art-deco-style venue that features international and classic independent and art films throughout the lunar cycle. Check out the events calendar for upcoming shows.
Additional membership perks include discounts at the museum shop and café, as well as eligibility to join special-interest groups associated with the museum, such as the Auerbach Library Associates, a forum for bibliophiles and the paper-cut-laden people who love them. The museum’s Phoenix Art After Hours event, free to all museum members, promises conviviality every first Thursday of the month through the artistic mediums of cocktails, music, and film.
Though the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art features a discounted price for educators, students, and artists, this Groupon still offers the best deal available for most people.