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Visit Wadsworth Atheneum Virtually From Fairfield Library

Skype-a-Docent will bring to the Wadsworth Atheneum to Fairfield on April 13.
Skype-a-Docent will bring to the Wadsworth Atheneum to Fairfield on April 13. Photo Credit: contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- Visit the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, America's first art museum, from a seat in the Fairfield Library's Rotary Room on Wednesday, April 13.

A docent will take the group on a private tour via Skype. When the Skype video call is projected onto the large screen at the library, it allows patrons to view exhibits up close and converse with the docent as the group tours.

Founded by Daniel Wadsworth in 1842, the museum opened in 1844 with 79 paintings and three sculptures. Today the collection exceeds 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years. Highlights include the Morgan Collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, world-renowned Baroque and Surrealist paintings, unsurpassed Hudson River School landscapes, and European and American Impressionist works.

Skype-a-Docent is an extension of the library's Homebound Service, that has been delivering library books and other materials to residents for over 20 years. Last year over 1,200 items were delivered by volunteers to five senior living facilities and individuals living in their own homes. Now the library also "delivers" tours of cultural interest to seniors and others who may not be able to travel out of town.

In addition to the monthly presentation at the Main Library, Skype-a-Docent tours are brought to two senior living facilities in town. And these tours aren't just for seniors; they are open to all.

All programs at the Fairfield Public Library are free, but registration is requested for this program. Register online here, or by calling 203-256-3160. The virtual tour will be from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Main Library, located at 1080 Old Post Rd.

To keep up with library events, visit the library's website, or follow the library on Facebook or Twitter.

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