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Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
Vacation Travel Guide

While seeing a play or concert in Hartford’s historic venue, look up to admire one of the largest ceiling murals in the United States.

If you are in Connecticut and want to see a show, you will likely find yourself at Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. “The Bushnell,” as it is commonly called, has been a destination for theater and music since the early 20th century.

Mortensen Hall, the original theater building, was built in 1930 in honor of Horace Bushnell, a local minister who created a lasting legacy of parks throughout Hartford. Spot similarities to features of Radio City Music Hall, the so-called “Showplace of the Nation” in New York City. The same architects are responsible for Mortensen Hall.

Look up as you walk into Mortensen Hall. Drama, one of the largest ceiling murals in the United States, spans the heights of the theater. The Muse of Drama is the mural’s centerpiece. Mythological figures surround her feet while symbols of the modern era soar above her.

In 2002, the Bushnell expanded with the 906-seat Belding Theater, named for longtime supporter Maxwell Belding. Note the ceiling mural here, which pays homage to Mortensen Hall’s celestial motifs with a modern interpretation.

Go to the glass-enclosed Autorino Great Hall just outside the Belding Theater. Your eyes will immediately be drawn to Ode to Joy, Dale Chihuly’s wild glass sculpture that dominates the space.

The Bushnell attracts world-class performers from all realms of entertainment. It has hosted legendary late-night comedian Jay Leno, the Broadway musical Wicked and the dancers from the Alvin Ailey troupe. Enjoy the classical music of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, the Bushnell’s primary tenant.

Purchase tickets online, by phone or at the box office. Some shows, like the holiday Nutcracker, sell out quickly so you should purchase your tickets well in advance. Others may be available on the day of the performance. Ticket prices vary depending on the show.

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of downtown Hartford. Choose from many eating and dining options within a short walking distance. You can easily find city parking nearby or pay for a valet service during evening performances.

Top Hotels Close to Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$5,013 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Theater Works and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (900 reviews)

"Very spacious room with large couch allowed us to watch television. The hotel was very quiet due to COVID-restrictions are in place, and the staff is eager to assist with needs- incredibly attentiveand professional."…"

Reviewed on 2021/1/9

The Goodwin Hotel
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,333 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Located in Downtown Hartford, this spa hotel is steps from Connecticut Science Center and Connecticut Convention Center. XL Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...

4.4/5Excellent! (509 reviews)

"Wish ee had more towels service was great though"…"

Reviewed on 2020/10/22

Marriott Hartford Downtown
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,595 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6

Located in Downtown Hartford, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hartford Stage and XL Center. Connecticut Convention Center and Xfinity Theatre are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (996 reviews)

"Absolutely enjoyed my stay here and love the new safety precautions put in place due to COVID. Every staff that I had come in contact with was extremely pleasant!! See you all soon!"…"

Reviewed on 2020/11/24

Hilton Hartford
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Best Lodging Options Near Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$5,013 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
The Goodwin Hotel
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,333 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,595 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
Hilton Hartford
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
3.5 out of 5
942 Main St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,109 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Residence Inn by Marriott Hartford Downtown
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
3 out of 5
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,773 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
The Capitol Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
3 out of 5
338 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
2.5 out of 5
351 Pitkin Steet, East Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,357 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30
Hampton Inn & Suites Hartford/East Hartford
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown
440 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
Red Roof Inn Plus+ Hartford Downtown
Oakwood at Hartford 21
Oakwood at Hartford 21
2.5 out of 5
221 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
Oakwood at Hartford 21
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.