Frequently Asked Questions

Do we have to pay extra for a guided tour?

All tours are guided tours; the admission fee includes the guides.

How do we pay?

The day of the visit (or before if you wish) you can pay with cash, check or credit card in our Museum Shop.

What is the minimum number of visitors to bring for a group tour?

Ten.

What is the maximum number of visitors to bring for a group tour?

We can accommodate tour bus groups, dividing them into smaller, guided groups. The tours start at the same time in different rooms of the house to make sure everyone sees all of the rooms and exhibits. Group reservations are required in advance. Contact Kate Ebner at 860-677-4787 ext 142, or ebnerk@hillstead.org.

Is the museum wheelchair accessible?

The first floor is wheelchair accessible, and 75% of the tour is on the first floor, as are all of the Impressionist paintings except one by Mary Cassatt. We have an illustrated notebook and overview of the second floor that anyone unable to climb the stairs can look through while waiting for the rest of the group.

How long should we allow for a visit to Hill-Stead?

The tour takes about an hour. You’ll want to allow time to visit the beautiful Beatrix Farrand-designed Sunken Garden, and spend time browsing our Museum Shop, so plan on spending 1 ½ hours, at least.

Can we eat on the property?

We have several picnic tables in designated areas throughout the grounds. Candy, coffee, tea, granola bars and bottled water are available for purchase in our shop, but not meals or sandwiches.

How do we get to Hill-Stead?

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

By chartered bus
Buses should use the Farmington Avenue gate. Please note that GPS will route you to the car entrance. Group reservations are required in advance; contact Kate Ebner, Director of Educational Programs, 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.
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Are there nearby restaurants for lunch?

There are recommendations and menus available in the Museum Shop. Here are just a few suggestions:

Apricots Restaurant & Pub
Farmington, CT
www.apricotsrestaurant.com / 860-673-5405

Piccolo Arancio
Farmington, CT
www.piccoloarancio.com / 860-674-1224

Wood-n-Tap
Farmington, CT
www.woodntap.com/locations/farmington / 860-773-6736

Where should I stay if I am visiting from out-of-town?

Avon Old Farms Hotel

The Farmington Inn

Hartford Marriott Farmington

Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hartford-Farmington

The Simsbury Inn

Simsbury 1820 House