There are 20 museums and a half-million works of art to see on the Connecticut Art Trail, and what started as an Art Pass for member properties has been expanded to a one-year Art Passport to see them (and get the Passport stamped at each).
For $25, visitors will get free, one-day admission to museums all along the 250-mile trail, as well as additional benefits (over the Art Pass) such as discounts, free gifts and a valuable cultural experience, according to a Connecticut Art Trail release.
To purchase, visit any member museum (except for Yale University Art Gallery or Yale Center for British Art) or complete the online form, indicate the one-year time frame, pay by credit card or PayPal and print out the voucher and exchange for a Passport booklet at any member museum.
The trail was launched in 1995 as the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, celebrating Connecticut’s 10 museums and historic sites that highlighted American Impressionism. Ten years later, it expanded to other museums and historic sites. The Passport is the latest addition.
Locations on the trail are:
Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Center for British Art (free anyway).
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden.
Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury.
Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.
Lyman Allyn Art Museum in New London.
Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich Free Academy Campus, in Norwich.
The William Benton Museum of Art at UConn.
The Art Museum at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford.
Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington.
New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford.
Weir Farm National Historic Site in Wilton.
The Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport.
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield.
Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford.
Greenwich Historical Society/Bush-Holley House Museum in Cos Cob.
Fairfield University Art Museum in Fairfield.
Center for Contemporary Printmaking in Norwalk.
Bruce Museum in Greenwich.