A National Historic Landmark and an Official Project of Save America's Treasures, Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT, is a member of CT's Historic Gardens and a stop on the Connecticut Art Trail, a partnership of fifteen world-class museums and historic sites across the state. The museum’s period rooms are open for tours Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. The last tour of the day begins at 3 pm. Grounds are open to the public daily 7:30 am-5:30 pm.
Hill-Stead is noted for its 1901 Colonial Revival-style house filled with art and antiques. Pioneering female architect Theodate Pope Riddle designed the grand house, set on 152 hilltop acres, to showcase the Impressionist masterpieces amassed by her father, Cleveland iron industrialist Alfred A. Pope. Collections include paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints, all displayed in their original domestic setting. Stately trees, seasonal gardens, meadows, over three miles of stone walls and blazed hiking trails accent the grounds. A centerpiece of the property is the c. 1920 sunken garden designed by Beatrix Farrand.
Visitors to this peaceful, inspirational place can enjoy programs ranging from guided nature walks to book clubs, from world-class poetry and music in the Sunken Garden to a weekly Connecticut Grown farmers market. Art and garden lectures take place throughout the year, as do hands-on writing and art workshops. A wide variety of events accommodates all ages!