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Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

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Hill–Stead Museum is a Colonial Revival house and art museum set on a large estate at 35 Mountain Road in Farmington, Connecticut. It is best known for its French Impressionist masterpieces, architecture, and stately grounds. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark as a nationally significant example of Colonial Revival architecture, built in 1901 to designs that were the result of a unique collaboration between Theodate Pope Riddle, one of the United States' first female architects, and the renowned firm of McKim, Mead & White. The house was built for Riddle's father, Alfred Atmore Pope, and the art collection it houses was collected by Pope and Riddle.

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  • Describing it as "a large collection of French Impressionist paintings" is an exaggeration. It's more of a country house with a small private art collection but what makes it exceptional is the way...  more »
  • This is a very interesting spot. Inside the historic house there is amazing art and the outside offers a variety of trails to explore.  more »
  • A small gem of home that is a museum in which one feels like a guest invited to enjoy a Sunday dinner. But where one is surrounded by impressionist masterpieces and other art like Sung Period Chinese vases and Japanese prints. I visited on a perfect June day when the gardens were at a peak.. The tour had only 7 people and a knowledgeable guide. It lasted about an hour but I could have stayed the day and not had enough. Worth a detour and give it a super rating.
  • Wonderful grounds and gardens. A true inspiration for Connecticut gardeners. The house museum is great as well. Allow an hour for the house and another hour for the gardens.

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