Letter from the Director

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Dear Members and Friends,

I am so excited to share Hill-Stead Museum with you through this fantastic website, and invite you to explore these pages and discover all that the museum has to offer. Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art, exquisite decorative arts and handsome antiques can be found on display year-round in our 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle. As beautiful as the images on this site may be, the experience of viewing Hill-Stead in person is unmatched, and I hope to see you at the museum soon!

An oasis for visitors from around the world, Hill-Stead’s 152-acre property boasts rambling stone walls and meadows, historic barns, a network of wooded hiking trails, and the marvelous Sunken Garden. There is truly something for everyone at Hill-Stead, and our broad range of educational activities for visitors of all ages exemplifies our commitment to remaining a destination for learning, reflection and enjoyment.

The museum maintains a vibrant Calendar of Events, including monthly First Sunday Gallery Talks, hands-on art-making activities, engaging speakers presented by our Decorative Arts Study Group, and unique public programs such as May Market, Hay Day, and the nationally-acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Please join us for some of these fun and enriching events!

Without the generosity of individual members, donors, foundations and corporations, the museum could not present so many unique public offerings. Hill-Stead is also grateful for its dedicated volunteers, who help to maintain our historic garden, guide visitors on tours, and assist with numerous fundraising efforts. Please visit our Support Us page to discover how you can help preserve this National Historic Landmark and ensure our collection captivates visitors for generations to come.

Whether arranging a first-time visit, planning a return trip for an upcoming program, or discovering our museum from a far away place, I hope you enjoy navigating this site and learning about Hill-Stead Museum’s fascinating story. Please visit us frequently, both in person and online!

Susan Ballek
Executive Director and CEO

For the latest news: Hill-Stead News