Built by early Dutch settlers on the banks of the Connecticut River, Hartford has plenty of history, marvelous theater and exciting nightlife. Described by Mark Twain as one of the most beautiful cities he had ever seen, Hartford is both historical and cosmopolitan. Thanks to its compact downtown core, walking tours can cover many of the main tourist attractions. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is typically included on most tourist itineraries. With both permanent and traveling exhibits, the Wadsworth features works by major European and American artists. It is also the oldest public art museum in the nation. Hartford has always been a hot spot for live theater. The Tony Award winning Hartford Stage and Theatre Works are two top-notch performing arts venues in Hartford.