Hours, Admission, Accessibility and Visitor Information

Museum Hours

  • Hill-Stead Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm (last guided tour begins at 3 pm).
  • The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays (Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day).
  • Hill-Stead’s grounds are open to the public daily from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • The Tearoom at Hill-Stead offers gourmet food and tea Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm.

Guided Tours

  • Visits to the Pope-Riddle House at Hill-Stead Museum are by guided tour only except during First Sundays for Families—held the first Sunday of every month—and other Hill-Stead Open Houses.
  • Hour-long daily, walk-in tours begin on the hour and half-hour with the last tour beginning at 3:00 pm. For information on the variety of tours offered at the Museum, please see Tours of the House.
  • Hill-Stead welcomes groups of 10 or more people but requires advance reservation and a non-refundable deposit.  For more information see Group Tours.

No photography allowed inside the museum.

Admission

Accessibility

Hill-Stead offers designated parking and wheelchair 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 wheelchair on hand for use by visitors.

Visitor Information

Archives

The Museum Archives are open by appointment only. Please contact Melanie Bourbeau at 860.677.4787 ext 122 or bourbeaum@hillstead.org.

Art classes, Plein air painting groups, and other groups

Please review our Photography, Painting and Filming Polity. If you are coming as a group, please call us in advance. This allows us to notify your group if someone arrives late, receives a phone call, or you need other forms of assistance. Please contact Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787, ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

Please 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, contact Kate Ebner at 860.677.4787, ext 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

Photographers

Please review our Photography Painting and Filming Policy, and contact Sarah Wadsworth at ext 134 or wadsworths@hillstead.org.

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.

Guidelines for Visitors

We ask that you “Leave only footprints, take only photographs.” (Photographs allowed outside the museum only.) Please help us preserve this unique setting by observing the following guidelines:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Picnicking is allowed only in designated areas where we have placed picnic tables. Please do not eat in the Sunken Garden.
  • 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 original en plein air paintings by Connecticut artists, art books for children and adults, and many wonderful gift items available for sale in our Museum Shop.
  • 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.
  • Hill-Stead Museum is a not-for-profit organization and relies on support from people like you to keep its doors and grounds open. Consider making a donation to the museum or becoming a museum member.  Stop by our Museum Shop for more information.

 Local Information

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. Here is just a taste of the wonderful cultural destinations and organizations Connecticut has to offer: