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HARTFORD, CT, April 28, 2004 - According to a recent survey conducted by Smithsonian Magazine, a new travel trend in culturally oriented trips is rapidly developing. Nowhere is this more evident than in Connecticut, where distinctive exhibits at the state's local museums offer an array of culturally rich exhibits. From impressive modern art, to international childhood artifacts, to an oil painting never viewed publicly, Connecticut offers a number of choices for expert and novice culture seekers alike. A sampling of upcoming exhibits include:

Bruce Museum of Arts and Science, Greenwich, CT
The Off the Wall exhibit from the Bruce Museum of Arts and Science is featuring a premier corporate art collection. From the enormous J.P. Morgan Chase collection with more than 20,000 works, comes an elite group of drawings. This collection features works by famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Chuck Close. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy an impressive drawing collection that includes classical, modern and contemporary artwork.
Exhibit will run from May 15 - September 12. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m. Cost is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for children 4 and under. For more information, call (203) 869-0376.

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT
The Wadsworth Atheneum exhibit "kid size" offers a distinctive opportunity to view a collection of childhood artifacts from around the globe. This exhibit features a collection of 130 pieces, which demonstrates a unique, cultural attitude towards children. The collection is divided into a young child's five basic needs - sleep, feeding and grooming, play, mobility and formal and informal learning. Nearly 20 objects alone are devoted to childhood sleep patterns with objects ranging from an elaborate German cradle made in 1840 to a cardboard collapsible crib created in 1996. This one-of-a-kind exhibit offers visitors a fascinating global perspective on children and childhood behaviors.
Exhibit will run through August 1, 2004. Hours are Thursday through Friday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Cost is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students and free for children 12 and under. For more information call, (860) 278-2670 or visit www.wadsworthantheneum.org.

Florence Griswold Museum, Old Lyme, CT
"A Pretty Fine Old Town" exhibit at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is featuring works by Childe Hassam. This exhibit is particularly unique because it will reflect on Hassam's time spent in Old Lyme, and the works produced from this period. Most noteworthy is the first public display of Hassam's large oil painting featuring three nudes on a mountain laurel on the banks of the Lieutenant River in Old Lyme. The painting dates from 1905 and is on loan to the Florence Griswold Museum from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City.
The exhibit runs from June 5 through September 26. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 - 5 p.m., and closed on Mondays. Cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and children 6 - 12 are $4. For more information, please call 860-434-5542 or visit www.flogris.org.

For other cultural activities found in Connecticut, travelers can call 1-800-CTBOUND (1-800-282-6863) or visit the Connecticut Tourism Division's website at www.ctbound.org and click on its innovative 52 Getaways for suggested itineraries. In addition, travelers can click onto Specials - a one-stop resource guide that includes options to create a personalized itinerary. With one simple click, a list appears highlighting some of the hottest deals around the state. All essential information -- including a description of the package, dates of availability, and contact information -- is clearly outlined, in addition some direct links are provided to each individual property and attraction mentioned in the package.

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Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism
Ed Dombroskas
Tourism Division Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us


Old Fashioned Fun

  1. Get away from the hustle and bustle of your daily routine with a visit to Allegra Farm & Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Museum, Rte. 82, East Haddam. Take a ride on an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage pulled by magnificent horses. You'll enjoy their historic and educational programs.
  2. Venture over to East Hampton to the Comstock Covered Bridge on Rte. 16. You can walk across it and have a picnic lunch on the banks of the scenic Salmon River.
  3. Drive Rte. 80 West towards Stony Creek and take a boat ride through the Thimble Islands. Enjoy a personal narration of the islands' rich history, dating back to 1614.
  4. Make a reservation at a comfortable luxurious inn or B&B in Mad...

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