Learning at Hill-Stead

Hill-Stead has so much to offer!

Hands-on learning, experiential events, performances, and celebrations take place at Hill-Stead throughout the year.


At Hill-Stead

Dancers in Pink, Edgar Degas

Enjoy the Arts

Explore the collection of Impressionist art, Japanese printstextiles, and decorative arts.

Enjoy Through the Tulle, a special costume exhibition, a Nutcracker activity workbook, a Nutcracker digital storybook, and a virtual tour

Tour the 1901 Historic House on a guided tour.

Explore Nature

Our gardens and grounds are open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm for all to enjoy.

Grab our Trail Map and wander through meadows, forests, pond habitats, and our historic farm on our walking trails.

Let your young artists spend their Winter on the Hill at our after-school nature series for kids.

Search the Sunken Garden with our Flower Scavenger Hunt in the Sunken Garden.

Visit the new Pollinator Garden—an innovative garden designed to provide shelter and food for wildlife while supporting pollinators. Native plants attract a variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife by providing diverse habitats and food sources.


Virtual Hill-Stead

Online Resources

Take an armchair journey with our founder, Theodate Pope Riddle during her European Grand Tour (1888 -1889). Episodes 1 through 7 now available!

Get creative with our custom-designed coloring pages

Learn about the Russian Icon in Hill-Stead’s collection in an article by Guide and Educator Martha O’Leary.

Discover new perspectives with our online photography lesson. And keep an eye out for our next photo contest. See the past winners: What Matters Most Photography Contest, Budding Photographers Photo Contest

Preparing for Fall Classes? Review our lesson plans and educator resources here.

Video Offerings 

Learn about the Elements of Art in this video series with education specialist, Rachel Cutler

Line
Shape
Value
Texture
Space
Form
Color

Get a Collection Close-Up from HIll-Stead’s Guides

Piranesi’s View of Salario Bridge
Stephen Parrish – Portsmouth, NH

Virtual Programs with Live Instruction

Bring your students to Hill-Stead via Zoom or Google Classroom. Schedule a virtual school tour

Take a virtual visit with the sheep of Clatter Ridge Farm.

Private Zoom workshops are available for your class or group by appointment. Contact the Education Department to schedule (education@hillstead.org).