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Through the Tulle Holiday Exhibition Tours

November 28, 2020 - December 20, 2020

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

Tour information

  • 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.

By purchasing a ticket, you assume the risks of and waive liability to Coronavirus/Covid-19
The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization. COVID-19 is extremely contagious and is believed to spread mainly from person-to-person contact. As a result, federal, state, and local governments and federal and state health agencies recommend social distancing. Hill-Stead Museum has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, it cannot guarantee that you will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, attending an event or program at Hill-Stead Museum or on its grounds could increase your risk of contracting COVID-19. By purchasing a ticket to an event or program at Hill-Stead Museum, you acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk that you may be exposed to or become infected by COVID-19 and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. You understand that the risk of becoming exposed to or infected by COVID-19 at Hill-Stead Museum may result from the actions, omissions, or negligence of yourself and others, including, but not limited to, Hill-Stead Museum employees, volunteers, and program participants and their families. You voluntarily agree to assume all of the foregoing risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury to yourself (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that you may experience or incur in connection with your attendance at Hill-Stead Museum or participation in Hill-Stead Museum programming (“claims”). You hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Hill-Stead Museum, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. You understand and agree that this release includes any claims based on the actions, omissions, or negligence of Hill-Stead Museum, its employees, agents, and representatives, whether a COVID-19 infection occurs before, during, or after participation in any Hill-Stead Museum program.

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