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November 2016

First Sundays for Families

November 6, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
boy with paint

On the first Sunday of every month, families are invited to explore Hill-Stead Take part in these First Sundays for Families activities! Museum Educators will lead art projects in the Education Stations at 1 pm.  Free self-serve crafts for all ages and Explorer Backpacks will also be available during regular museum hours from April through… [Read more]


November 7, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

On the first Monday of every month, enjoy this rare opportunity to sketch a still life inside the museum. Bring your own supplies—pencil and kneaded erasers only please (available in the Museum Shop). Stools and drawing boards will be provided. [Read more]

Lunch, Listen & Learn: Spiritualism with Sharon Stotz

November 7, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Spiritualism was one of Theodate’s passionate avocations and it is the topic that comprises the largest volume of material in Hill-Stead’s archives.
This program is offered exclusively to museum Volunteers.  [Read more]

Treasures from the Grand Tour, Arts & Leisure VIP Tour

November 19, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hill-Stead Silver Odiot Tea Set

Join Curator Melanie Bourbeau for an hour-long in-depth look at some of the paintings and decorative arts objects that captured the Popes’ fancy during their Grand Tour.

VIP tours are offered to museum members at the Arts & Leisure – Bronze, Silver or Gold level and above, as well as members of the Decorative Arts Study Group. [Read more]

Music of the Grand Tour – Mark Stuparevic and Cellist Kayla Herrmann

November 19, 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Don’t miss this series with performances in Hill-Stead’s Drawing Room by pianist Marko Stuparevic. Hear compositions the Pope family would have enjoyed on their 1888-1889 Grand Tour of Europe.

This performance also features cellist Kayla Herrmann. [Read more]

Hill-Stead for the Holidays

November 22, 2016 - January 8, 2017
tree on center table detail

Beginning the day after Thanksgiving through early January, the former Pope family mansion, Hill-Stead, is decorated for the holidays. Hill-Stead’s holiday décor will feature thematic trees and lush greenery as well as a bit of “sparkle and glitz.” [Read more]

Story Time @ Theo’s

November 30, 9:00 am - 10:00 am

At Hill-Stead’s new Story Time, your child will be introduced to stories related to art, museums, nature, and much more. Each session includes music, movement, and an art project to take home—all in Hill-Stead’s historic setting. Afterward, romp around Hill-Stead’s natural playground of walking trails, gardens and sheep farm. Recommended for children ages 2 to 4 and their caregivers.  [Read more]

December 2016

Hill-Stead Holiday Boutique

December 3 - December 4
2014 Dec 7 Hill-Stead Holiday Boutique-1

Find unique holiday gifts while supporting local artists and artisans. More than 25 selected vendors present fine art, hand-made clothing, jewelry, home goods, gourmet food, pet items, and more.  [Read more]

Theatrical Holiday Tours

December 3, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Costumed actors perform period vignettes throughout the historic house on these family-friendly holiday tours. Your evening concludes with a complimentary seasonal beverage and holiday craft in the Carriage Porch. [Read more]

Children’s Holiday Tours

December 4

Special holiday tours designed just for kids! Enjoy shopping at the Holiday Boutique while your children (or grandchildren) tour the historic house with our wonderful museum Guides. [Read more]

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