Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington

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Hill-Stead is noted for its 1901 33,000-square-foot 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. Hill-Stead is one of the nation’s few remaining representations of early-20th-century Country Place Estates. Collections include original furnishings, 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. 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 circa 1920 sunken garden designed by Beatrix Farrand, today the site of the renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. The 1901 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 daily 7:30 am-5:30 pm. For tour and program information, browse www.hillstead.org or call 860.677.4787.
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  • We knew we were visiting a historic house and grounds - but we did not realize that they were one of the first collectors of Impressionism and art of the early 1900s. Many bought directly from the art...  more »
  • Beautiful and educational experience with my 10 year old granddaughter! Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide who presented the history as well as, discussed each piece of magnificent artwork. The ho...  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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