The Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, is the oldest public art museum in the United States.
The Wadsworth Atheneum was founded by Daniel Wadsworth and built in 1842 by the architect Alexander Jackson Davis and Ithiel Town. On July 31, 1844 the museum was opened. Wadsworth transferred to the museum for its opening next to busts and sculptures 78 paintings.
Through extensive legacies of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt and JP Morgan of the existence of the Wadsworth Atheneum grew. Another collection was left as The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection of the museum.