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Connecticut Cultural Attractions

Ideally located between New York City and Boston, Connecticut offers distinct advantages to those who appreciate cultural attractions and the arts. Rolling hills and scenic landscape provide a backdrop of natural beauty for concerts beneath the stars and outdoor festivities. Local talent tends to be of the highest caliber, encouraged by active and vibrant cultural communities. Dazzling venues or intimate theaters showcase the finest in performing arts, including international stars.
Performing Arts Groups
Dance
Connecticut Ballet
20 Acosta Street
Stamford 203-964-1211
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Connecticut Concert Ballet
Venue Locations Vary
Manchester 860-643-4796
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Connecticut Dance Theater
523 Main Street
Watertown 860-274-0004
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Dance Connecticut
224 Farmington Avenue
Hartford 860-525-9396
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Eastern Connecticut Ballet
435 Boston Post Road
East Lyme 860-739-7899
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Hartt Dance Productions
University of Hartford
Lincoln Theater
Hartford 860-768-4454
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New Haven Ballet
70 Audubon Street
New Haven 203-782-9038
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Nutmeg Ballet
Nutmeg Conservatory for the Arts
58 Main Street
Torrington 860-482-4413
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Starship Dance Theater
1262 Route 80
Guilford 203-457-0822
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Music
Chamber Music Plus
Venue Locations Vary
Hartford 860-278-7148
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Connecticut Grand Opera & Orchestra
Palace Theatre
Stamford 203-327-2867
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Connecticut Opera
The Bushnell
Hartford 860-527-0713
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Danbury Music Centre
256 Main Street
Danbury 203-748-1716
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First Thursdays in Hartford
Greater Hartford Arts Council
Hartford 860-525-8629
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Goodspeed Musicals
Six Main Street
East Haddam 860-873-8668
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Goodspeed-at-Chester
Norma Terris Theatre
North Main Street
Chester 860-873-8668
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Greater Bridgeport Symphony
Klein Memorial Auditorium
Bridgeport 203-576-0263
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Hartford Chorale
The Bushnell
Hartford 860-244-2999
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Hartford Symphony Orchestra
The Bushnell
Hartford 860-244-2999
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Hartt Symphony Orchestra & Musical Ensembles
University of Hartford
Lincoln Theater
Hartford 860-768-4454
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Howard T. Brown Park Concerts
348 Washington Street
Norwich 860-823-3798
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Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
Venue Locations Vary
Manchester (Online Only)
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New England Fiddle Contest
Peace Train Foundation
West Hartford 860-586-8282
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New Haven Chorale & Ensemble
Venue Locations Vary
Guilford 203-776-SONG
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New Haven Symphony Orchestra
Schubert Theatre
New Haven 203-865-0831
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Norfolk Chamber Music Festival
Norfolk 860-542-3000
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Norwalk Symphony Orchestra
Norwalk City Concert Hall
Norwalk 203-847-8844
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Opera Theater of Connecticut
Andrews Memorial Theatre
Clinton 860-669-8999
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Sherman Chamber Ensemble
Venue Locations Vary
Sherman 860-355-5930
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Spirit of Broadway Theatre
24 Chestnut Street
Norwalk 860-886-2378
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Stamford Symphony Orchestra
Palace Theatre
Stamford 203-325-1407
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Thomaston Opera House
158 Main Street
Thomaston 860-283-6250
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Yale Institute of Sacred Music
409 Prospect Street
New Haven 203-432-5180
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Yale Symphony Orchestra
Shubert Theater
247 College Street
New Haven 203-562-5666
Toll free 888-736-2663
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Yale University Concerts
Morse Recital Hall
470 College Street
New Haven 203-432-4157
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Theatre
Actors Ensemble
217 Greenwich Avenue
New Haven 203-772-2557
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Brookfield Theatre for the Arts
Route 133
Brookfield 203-775-0023
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Connecticut Cabaret Theatre
31-33 Webster Square Road
Berlin 860-829-1248
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Connecticut Repertory Theatre
University of Connecticut
802 Bolton Road
Storrs 860-486-4226
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Downtown Cabaret Theatre
263 Golden Hill Street
Bridgeport 203-576-1636
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HartfordStage Company
50 Church Street
Hartford 860-527-5151
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Hartt Contemporary Players
University of Hartford
Lincoln Theater
Hartford 860-768-4454
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Ivoryton Playhouse
103 Main Street
Ivoryton 860-767-7318
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Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall
177 Hartford Road
Manchester 860-647-9824
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Long Wharf Theatre
222 Sargent Drive
New Haven 203-787-4282
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National Theatre of the Deaf
139 North Main Street
Hartford 860-236-4193
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New Britain Repertory Theatre
23 Norden Street
New Britain 860-223-3147
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Park Road Playhouse
244 Park Road
West Hartford 860-586-8500
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Ridgefield Theatre Barn
Halpin Lane
Ridgefield 203-431-9850
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River Rep at Ivoryton
Venue Locations Vary
Ivoryton 860-767-2954
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Sherman Players
Sherman Playhouse
Routes 37 & 39
Sherman 860-354-3622
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Stamford Theatre Works
200 Strawberry Hill Avenue
Stamford 203-359-4414
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Suffield Players Theatre
Historic Mapleton Hall
Suffield 860-668-0837
Toll free 800-289-6148
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The Nutmeg Players
Venue Locations Vary
Clinton 203-458-6612
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TheaterWorks
233 Pearl Street
Hartford 860-527-7838
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TheaterWorks 
233 Pearl Street
Hartford 860-527-7838
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Theatre of Northeastern Connecticut
Bradley Playhouse
30 Front Street
Putnam 860-928-7887
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TheatreWorks
5 Brookside Avenue
New Milford 860-527-7838
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Town Players of New Canaan
Powerhouse Theatre
Waveny Park
New Canaan 203-966-7371
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Town Players of Newtown
Little Theatre
Orchard Hill Road
Newtown 203-270-9144
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Westport Country Playhouse
25 Powers Court
Westport 203-227-4177
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Wilton Playshop
Lovers Lane
Wilton 203-762-7629
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Yale Repertory Theatre
217 Park Street
New Haven 203-432-1234
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Performing Arts Venues
Andrews Memorial Theatre
Boston Post Road
Clinton 860-669-6901
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This city-owned venue serves as home to several talented groups including Clinton Parks & Recreation Family Theater, the Nutmeg Players, and the opera theatre of Connecticut.
Augusta Curtis Cultural Center
175 East Main Street
Meriden 203-639-2856
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Center for the Arts
Wesleyan University
Middletown 860-685-3355
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Performance and exhibition spaces include Crowell Concert Hall, World Music Hall, the CFATheater, Davison Art Center, and the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. Performing arts events in dance, theater and world music fill the season's calendar.
Chevrolet Theatre (formerly the Oakdale)
95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford 203-269-8721
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Voted the best place in Connecticut to see an indoor concert, Chevrolet Theatre offers a Broadway Series and hosts top names in the entertainment world.
Curtis Cultural Center
39 West Main Street
Meriden 203-639-9778
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Three museums, an art gallery, and two performance halls are all under one roof at the cultural center.
Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts
Sacred Heart University
5151 Park Avenue
Fairfield 203-371-7908
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Foxwoods Arena
Foxwoods Resort Casino
Ledyard 800-FOXWOODS
Box Office 800-200-2882
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Garde Arts Center
325 State Street
New London
860-444-7373
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Goodspeed Opera House
6 Main Street
East Haddam 860-873-8668
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Originally built by a banking magnate who loved the theatre, this restored venue has achieved international acclaim as the home of musical theatre.
Ives Concert Park
Western Connecticut State University
Danbury 203-837-9226
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This 40-acre venue for outdoor events such as concerts and shows features a pond area graced by a charming gazebo that also serves as a performance stage.
John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent Street
New Haven 203-392-6154
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Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts
University of Connecticut
2132 Hillside Road
Storrs 860-486-4226
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Klein Memorial Auditorium
910 Fairfield Avenue
Bridgeport 203-696-0033
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Home of the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra, this historic center for the performing arts has been renovated to provide an outstanding venue for classical, jazz, swing, choral, and operatic presentations.
Meadows Music Centre
R.A. Moody Overpass
Hartford 203-265-1501
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Drawing a regional crowd, this expansive venue showcases national talent, special events, and some of the biggest names in the music industry.
Mohegan Sun Arena
Mohegan Sun Resort Casino
One Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville 888-226-7711
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New England Dodge Music Center
61 Savitt Way
Hartford
203-269-8721
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Norwalk Concert Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk 203-847-8844
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Noted for its classic design and flawless acoustics, the hall has been the home of the Norwalk Symphony Orchestra for more than 12 years.
Paul Mellon Arts Center
Choate Rosemary Hall
333 Christian Street
Wallingford 203-697-2423
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Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield 203-254-4010
Toll free 877-ARTS-396
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Two performance spaces host the University's performing art series of music, dance, theater, and family programming as well as summer concerts and summer children's programs.
Shubert Theatre
CAPA of New Haven
247 College Street
New Haven 203-562-5666
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As the crown jewel of New Haven arts, the historic Shubert offers the state-of-the-art "magical" entertainment experience of a true Broadway house.
Stamford Center for the Arts
61-307 Atlantic Street
Stamford 203-325-4466
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This premier regional center for the performing arts operates the exquisitely restored historic Palace Theatre located at 61 Atlantic Street and the state-of-the-art Rich Forum at 307 Atlantic Street.
The Bushnell
166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford 860-987-5900
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Connecticut's premier entertainment venue has been pleasing audiences for 70 years. This historic, elegant hall presents an exceptional Broadway Series and many other special events.
The Garde Arts Center
325 State Street
New London 860-444-7373
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The recently restored Moroccan interior of this historic movie house features state-of-the-art stage equipment and comfortable seating to offer a venue that is nationally recognized for its unique architecture, warmth, beauty, and multi-faceted programming.
The Yale Cabaret
217 Park Street
New Haven 203-432-1566
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The Yale School of Drama presents 20 shows each year in this intimate 100-seat basement theater and restaurant atmosphere.
Toad's Place
300 York Street
New Haven 203-624-8623
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"Hoppin" since 1975, Toad's Place offers a more intimate venue for leading talent, established as one of the premier music halls in the nation.
Webster Theatre
31 Webster Street
Hartford 860-525-5553
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Originally a cinema, the Webster was restored to its former Art Deco styling and expanded to offer a unique and inviting venue for performers of every musical genre as well as a multi-purpose showcase for artistic productions and events.
Wesleyan University Center for the Arts
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown 860-685-3355
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11-building complex on the Wesleyan campus with performance spaces and houses the departments of art and art history, film studies, music, theater and dance.
Westport Arts Center
51 River Avenue
Westport 203-222-7070
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Year-round programs in the visual and performing arts include film, fine art exhibits, a wide variety of musical concerts, theatre, literary engagements, and programs for children.
Premier Collections
Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main Street
Hartford 860-278-2670
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This awe-inspiring legacy to J. Pierpont Morgan’s insatiable desire to collect the finest art from around the world is also the oldest public art museum in the nation. Wadsworth Atheneum displays nearly 50,000 works of art that span more than 5,000 years of human creativity. The Atheneum is noted for a number of remarkable “firsts,” including the first American museum to acquire a Miro, a Mondrian and a Caravaggio. It was also the first to present an exhibition of surrealist works.
Quick Links
Connecticut Commission on Culture
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Connecticut Film Festival
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Connecticut Swing Dance Society
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Creative Connections
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Greater Hartford Arts Council
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Greenwich Arts Council
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Naugatuck Valley Arts Council
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Northwest Connecticut Arts Council
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Norwich Arts Council
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Scottish Festivals
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Theatre Guide
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Wilton Arts Council
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Visual Arts
Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art
258 Main Street
Ridgefield 203-438-4519
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Art Gallery at NCC
Norwalk Community College
188 Richards Avenue
Norwalk 203-857-7060
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Bruce Museum of Arts & Science
One Museum Drive
Greenwich 203-869-0376
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Film Fest New Haven
205 Whitney Avenue
New Haven 203-776-6789
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Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme 860-434-5542
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Guilford Handcraft Center
411 Church Street
Guilford 203-453-5947
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Housatonic Museum of Art
Housatonic Community College
900 Lafayette Boulevard
Bridgeport 203-332-5052
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Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Connecticut College
625 Williams Street
New London 860-443-2545
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Madison Mile Outdoor Sculpture
Main Street
Madison 860-767-2624
Mystic Art Association
Nine Water Street
Mystic 860-536-7601
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New Britain Museum of American Art
56 Lexington Street
New Britain 860-229-0257
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Nilsson Studio
One Spring Street
Chester 860-526-2077
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Norwalk Transit Murals
Locations Vary
Norwalk 203-852-0000
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Real Art Ways
56 Arbor Street
Hartford 860-232-1006
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Rowayton Arts Center
145 Rowayton Avenue
Rowayton 203-866-2744
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Silvermine Guild Arts Center
1037 Silvermine Road
New Canaan 203-966-9700
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Walsh Art Gallery
Quick Center for the Arts
Fairfield University
Fairfield 203-254-4000
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Weir Farm Exhibitions
735 Nod Hill Road
Wilton 203-834-1896
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William Benton Museum of Art
University of Connecticut
245 Glenbrook Road
Storrs 860-486-4520
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WPA Murals at City Hall
125 East Avenue
Norwalk 203-854-7900
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Yale Center for British Art
1080 Chapel Street
New Haven 203-432-2800
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Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street
New Haven 203-432-0600
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