One-hour tours offered Saturdays & Sundays between 1 & 5
Advance ticket purchase required
Delight in the magic of the season with costumes from BTC’s Through the Tulle costume exhibition, all carefully paired to highlight each period room’s Impressionist art, aesthetic, color palette, and mood. This one-hour tour begins outside the Carriage Porch, where visitors can watch dancers will perform excerpts of The Nutcracker, complete with twirling, leaping, and pirouetting in their very own snow globe. Dress warmly to be transported to New York City’s Fifth Avenue for an opulent and enchanting window display like none other as safely distanced guests view the scene outdoors through the glass panes.
After the performance, visitors will enter the historic house for a 30-minute self-guided tour of the first floor of this special exhibition. At the end of the tour, exit through the original front door.
Programs will be provided. Bring your own device and headphones to use our audio guide via your phone. Take a virtual tour of the full exhibition here.
Rest assured, Hill-Stead has employed extensive safety measures and precautions to keep visitors safe. A sampling of Hill-Stead’s best practices includes hosting BTC’s dance performance inside the Carriage Porch while visitors observe from outside and providing safely socially-distanced exhibition tours inside.
Members & children | $20
Non-members | $25
Advance ticket purchase required. No tickets will be sold at the door. Purchase now
- Tours are offered only on Saturday & Sunday afternoons (every half hour from 1 to 5 pm)
- Advance ticket purchase is required
- The holiday program will begin with a 20-minute ballet performance viewed from outside the Carriage Porch followed by a 30-minute self-guided tour of the special exhibition inside the historic house
- Tours are limited to 16 people per group and each “pod” or family group will begin their tour at one of four different start points within the house.
- Programs will be provided; bring your own device and headphones to use our audio guide via your phone
- No regular Daily House Tours will be offered during these times
- Our regular Daily House Tours will be offered Thursdays & Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm (on the hour, last tour at 3pm), and Saturday & Sunday mornings at 10 am, 11 am, & 12 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis Learn more
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Social distancing regulations will be in effect
All ticket holders who attend an outdoor event at Hill-Stead, beginning June 20, must adhere to the following Visitation Protocols at all times while onsite. If a ticketholder does not wish to adhere to these Visitation Protocols, that ticketholder should not attend the event and should contact Megan Olver
PRIOR to the event for assistance in obtaining a refund.
The health and safety of our guests and employees is Hill-Stead Museum’s number one priority. An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. In the interest of your personal safety and community health, please observe all the precautions listed below.
- Guests are advised to practice physical distancing by standing at least 6 feet away from other groups of people not traveling with them while standing in lines and moving around the property.
- Children must stay with adults at all times and a minimum of six feet distance must be maintained between all other non-family members.
- Face masks should be worn by all visitors six years of age and above.
- Hand sanitizer dispensers will be placed at entrances and high contact areas.
- A first aid station will be accessible.
Hill-Stead employees have already pre-marked spaces on the lawn for your group. Upon arrival, guests will be escorted to a pre-marked space on the west lawn by an employee wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
For further details on visitation protocols governing Hill-Stead’s event series, including a map of our West Lawn event space layout, please click here.
We are closely monitoring government policy changes, Center for Disease Control (CDC) guideline, government mandates, and public health advancement, and will continue to make changes, as necessary or appropriate, to our protocols and procedures.
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