Tours for School Groups and Youth Organizations

Let us help you plan an unforgettable field trip to Hill-Stead
“In my end of year evaluations, the students of French cited the field trip to Hill-Stead as a highlight of the year.” —High School World Language Teacher, September 2009

A field trip to Hill-Stead can make classroom discussions on art, history, Sociology, language arts, even horticulture and farming come alive. Set on 152 hilltop acres, this 1901 country estate surrounds students with an authentic, "real-world" interdisciplinary experience. Impressionist Art, Pre-Columbian pottery, Asian antiques, period furnishings — indoors and out, Hill-Stead offers an unforgettable panorama of life in the context of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America.

School Group Tour Topics

Trained guides provide lively and instructive tours for students of all ages, from pre-school to college and beyond.

Each of Hill-Stead Museum’s student tours are designed to meet Connecticut Curriculum Content Standards. Specific information is available by request, and in our Teacher Resource Guides (PDFs available to download with tour topics below).

HILL-STEAD HIGHLIGHTS

1-hour tour recommended for Pre-K and up

Hill-Stead Highlights will transport you and your students to an era of horses and carriages, gas lamps, and the Impressionists.

Engage your students in the exploration of history, art, and architecture as they tour the 1901 Colonial Revival home of the Pope and Riddle families. Learn about them as industrialists, world-travelers, art collectors and philanthropists. Hear the stories of their late-1880’s Grand Tour of Europe. Discover the Pope family’s collection of art treasures, most notably the works of Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, James McNeill Whistler, the bronze sculptures of Antoine-Louis Barye and the many decorative arts that grace this expansive home. Theodate Pope Riddle was one of America's pioneering women architects; this tour presents a memorable look at one of her greatest accomplishments, her family home.

Teacher Resource Guide

This guide has been developed to assist you with your visit to Hill-Stead and curriculum planning. Included in each guide is an overview of the program, links to State of Connecticut Content Standards, vocabulary words, and pre-& post-visit activities.

Contact Kate Ebner, Manager, Interpretation and Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

AT HOME WITH THE IMPRESSIONISTS

1-hour tour recommended for Pre-K and up

Meet Monet and friends at Hill-Stead!

Take a close, critical, and unhurried look at some of the most important paintings in the history of art: the work of the Impressionist masters. Most importantly, see them as the family that traveled the world to find them did… here are Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Mary Cassatt, and the works of American artist James McNeill Whistler all collected by Alfred Atmore Pope for the enjoyment of family, friends, and guests like you. Study the Popes’ collection of 18th-19th century Japanese woodblock prints. Learn from family correspondence about the friendships the Pope family made with the leading artists of the day, including Monet, Whistler, and Cassatt. Tour the home, and see how life in a genteel drawing room of the early 20th century compares to today’s world of the computer, cell phone, and HDTV.

Teacher Resource Guide

This guide has been developed to assist you with your visit to Hill-Stead and curriculum planning. Included in each guide is an overview of the program, links to State of Connecticut Content Standards, vocabulary words, and pre-& post-visit activities.

Contact Kate Ebner, Manager, Interpretation and Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

BIENVENUE AU HILL-STEAD

1-hour tour recommended for Grade 6 and up

Les Peintures! Les Sculptures! Les Estampes! Students will find France in Farmington!

Hear the stories of the Popes’ travels in France, during their 1888-89 Grand Tour, and their fervent collecting of objects from France that followed. View Monet’s en plein air paintings of the Giverny countryside, Degas’ jockeys and ballerinas, Manet’s scenes from bohemian life, and Eugène Carrière’s woman with a red flower. Tour Hill-Stead, the Pope family’s 1901 Farmington home, the lavish showcase for their extraordinary collection.

Give your students even more of France with a 15-minute trip to Hill-Stead’s archive to view rarely seen artifacts from our archival collection. $2 additional fee per student applies.

Contact Kate Ebner, Manager, Interpretation and Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

SCIENCE & NATURE PROGRAMS at HILL-STEAD

Recommended for Pre-K and up

From meadow to pond to forest, 152 acres to explore with your students...

Hill-Stead Science and Nature programs are inquiry-based to offer hands-on learning for students of all ages. Each program is designed to fulfill several of the Connecticut Curriculum Content Standards for Science and is lead by the museum’s naturalist or a trained guide.

Pond Primer

In an adventure-based outdoor experience, students will explore life in a pond by conducting a pond study to discover the needs of its different resident organisms. They will view live animals and learn how each of the organisms is interdependent. Students will keep a simple record of their discoveries. Combined with the companion field and meadow program, students will compare and contrast life forms in their respective habitats and record their findings.

Field Fellowship

In this program, students act as “scientists for a day.” They examine the varied life forms found in the field and meadow through hands-on discovery, which includes netting. Students conduct a field study to determine the number and variety of organisms in the meadow, leaving no leaf unturned as they investigate the characteristics of field plants. Finally, students will complete a “Square Foot Habitat” exercise, which reveals the surprising diversity of life in one square foot of earth. Children will keep a simple record of discoveries and analyze their data.

Science & Nature Tour du Jour

You design the tour! This is a tour custom-designed to meet your needs. Additional Science & Nature themes include habitats, insects, forest studies, and birds. Additional fees may apply.

Contact Kate Ebner, Manager, Interpretation and Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org to book a Science & Nature Program or to learn how HSM programs specifically fulfill Connecticut Curriculum Content Standards for Science.

A VISIT TO THE ARCHIVES

Hill-Stead’s archives are a rich repository of primary resource documents. Items stored here include letters, photographs, limited edition prints, mementos, and postcards not normally on display in the house. A custom-designed visit to the archives will greatly enhance the museum experience.

Arrange for a 15-minute trip to Hill-Stead’s archive for your group to view rarely-seen artifacts from our collection. $2 additional fee per student applies.

Contact Kate Ebner, Manager, Interpretation and Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

TOUR DU JOUR

You design this tour to meet your needs. Popular themes include Asian art, architecture, photography, ceramics, women's studies, printmaking... you name it! You can also choose to bring Hill-Stead to your school. Additional fees may apply.

Teacher Resource Guide

This guide has been developed to assist you with your visit to Hill-Stead and curriculum planning. Included in each guide is an overview of the program, links to State of Connecticut Content Standards, vocabulary words, and pre-& post-visit activities.

Contact Kate Ebner, Manager, Interpretation and Programs, at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

 

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