Location

Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032
860.677.4787 / Fax: 860.677.0174
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Directions

Two hours from New York City and Boston, 10 minutes from Hartford.

By car

Take Exit 39, I-84 East or West. Follow Route 4 West. Turn left onto Route 10 South. At first traffic light, turn left onto Mountain Road. Museum entrance is 1/4 mile up the hill on the left.

By chartered bus

Group reservations are required in advance. Contact: Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

Take Exit 39, I-84 East or West. Follow Route 4 West. Continue past the sign for “Bus Entrance” on the left. Do not make a left turn onto the property. Turn around in an appropriate area, return, and make a right turn onto the property.

More info on arranging group/bus tours

Bus Driving Directions map

Museum Hours

Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 am–4 pm. Closed Mondays and major holidays: New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Fourth of July.

Hour-long guided tours begin every half-hour. Last tour of the day begins one hour before closing. Admission to Hill-Stead Museum is by GUIDED TOUR ONLY except the first Sunday of every month and certain other designated special occasions. No photography allowed inside the museum.

First Sundays

The first Sunday of every month, tour the collection at your own pace from 12 – 4 pm, with interpreters in every room to answer questions. At 1 pm, enjoy an informal gallery talk (subjects range from Chinese Pottery to Secrets of the Cellar.) From June–October, join a guided estate walk at 2 pm to explore the property from the Wild Garden to the scenic Overlook, with commentary from your guide.

Platinum Tours

Two-three hour, behind-the-scenes Platinum Tours, with special access to the archives, are available by reservation.

Contact Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

Grounds

Open daily 7:30 am-5:30 pm. Free to the public.

Plein air painting groups are asked to book with Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787 ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org. . Photographers are asked to contact Sarah Wadsworth at ext 134 or wadsworths@hillstead.org.

Archives

By appointment only.

Contact Melanie A. Bourbeau at 860.677.4787 ext 122 or .

Admission

$15 adults, $12 seniors andstudents, $8 children ages 6-12, free to members and children under age six.

Learn about our Library Membership Program. Benefits include two passes admitting 1 adult and 2 children (under 18) — check with your local library. For a list of participating libraries, see the Library Membership Program page.

Accessibility

Hill-Stead offers designated parking and wheel chair accessibility to the first floor of the Pope Riddle House, Museum Shop, Orientation Gallery, where visitors may view a photo-essay timeline and a video, and the Sunken Garden. We keep one wheel chair on hand for use by visitors.

Pets at Hill-Stead

Hill-Stead welcomes pets of all kinds on the property, as long as they are accompanied by owners at all times and properly leashed or restrained. The museum asks that owners clean up after their pets; there is a receptacle in the Orientation Area for garbage.

Policies, Visitor Advisory

Please help us preserve this unique setting by observing the following guidelines:

  1. Please restrict your use of permanent materials, such as acrylic and oil paints, to grassy surfaces and stay away from all stone walls, bluestone paths, porches, and walkways.
  2. The grounds are open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; please plan your visits accordingly. We ask that you park in designated parking areas only and not on the grass.
  3. Picnicking is allowed only in designated areas where we have placed picnic tables. Please do not eat in the Sunken Garden.
  4. Understand that the museum is opened to the public Tuesday through Sunday. Visitors may stop and watch you work or ask you a question. Enjoy their curiosity!
  5. During public hours you are welcome to use our restrooms. There are beverages available for sale in our vending area. There is also a wonderful array of art books, prints, and reproductions available for sale in our Museum Shop.
  6. As a normal precaution when venturing out of doors, please remember to keep away from poison ivy, which grows in abundance on the grounds of Hill-Stead. In addition, after you have finished working, remember to check yourself for ticks that may carry Lyme disease
  7. Consider taking a break from your project to tour the inside of museum – it too is inspirational!
  8. Help keep Hill-Stead’s resources going -- consider making a donation to the museum or becoming a museum member. Stop by our Museum Shop for more information.
Especially for art classes or other groups:
  1. If you are coming as a group, we ask that you call us in advance, enabling us to notify your group if someone arrives late, receives a phone call, or you need other forms of assistance. Please call Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787, ext 142.
  2. Consider bringing your group indoors for a tour of the museum’s renowned collection. Monet’s fine landscapes can be a great source of inspiration. To arrange for a group visit, call Kate Ebner at 860.677.64787, ext 142.
We ask that you "Leave only footprints, take only photographs." (Photographs allowed outside the museum only.) Thank you.

Discover the Farmington Valley

Connecticut’s Farmington Valley is rich in historic sites, art, dining, recreation and more. The best place to find comprehensive information about it all is the Farmington Valley Visitors Association, www.fvva.com or 860.676.8878.

Below is a select list of area restaurants, galleries, antique shops and recreation spots recommended by the staff at Hill-Stead Museum.

Explore Connecticut

Hill-Stead Museum is centrally located in a state with lots to offer. From the “Quiet Corner” to Fairfield County and the shoreline, Connecticut offers adventure, charm, and a vast array of activities for all ages.

The following selection of websites will give a taste of what’s going on throughout Connecticut:

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