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Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

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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

Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,484 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
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! (991 reviews)
"Room was clean, staff friendly, and pool area was nice"

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Hilton Hartford
The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,717 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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! (978 reviews)
"Charming location."

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The Goodwin Hotel
Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$6,113 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
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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$2,468 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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The Goodwin Hotel
The Goodwin Hotel
3.5 out of 5
1 Haynes St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,717 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 1
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Marriott Hartford Downtown
Marriott Hartford Downtown
4 out of 5
200 Columbus Boulevard, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$6,113 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
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Hilton Hartford
Hilton Hartford
3.5 out of 5
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$4,484 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
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Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Hartford Downtown Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
100 East River Drive, East Hartford, CT
The price is NT$2,824 per night from Aug 5 to Aug 5
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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$3,061 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
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Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
Candlewood Suites Hartford Downtown, an IHG Hotel
2.5 out of 5
370 Market Street, Hartford, CT
The price is NT$3,492 per night from Aug 9 to Aug 9
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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$5,256 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 21
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Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
Homewood Suites by Hilton Hartford Downtown
3 out of 5
338 Asylum St, Hartford, CT
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