Partner with us and host your performance or event at Hill-Stead!
Using its beautiful grounds, historic home, and incomparable collections, Hill-Stead Museum operates as a center of excellence for the benefit, education, and cultural enrichment of all. Rotating exhibitions, artistic performances, festivals, workshops, lectures, and special events provide our visitors with positive experiences in the arts and nature, encouraging their appreciation, developing creativity and community, and enhancing overall wellbeing.
To start our conversation, please complete the public programs contact form or contact Megan Olver, Senior Manager of Administration (firstname.lastname@example.org or 860.677.4787 x181).
West Lawn & Veranda
With vistas of the Litchfield Hills and nearby views of the estate’s farm buildings, meadows and pond, this area can accommodate large gatherings.* A Mount Vernon-style veranda at the front façade serves as a picturesque backdrop and stage. Alternatively, performances may be staged on the western end of the West Lawn using the rolling hills of the Farmington Valley as your backdrop.
Surrounded by rustic stone walls, this historic perennial garden’s ever-changing colors reflect the palette of the estate’s Impressionist paintings. A summer house at the center is a focal point, accented by brick paths radiating out among the many flower beds. This venue can welcome hundreds of attendees for an open-air event.* There is no dedicated stage in this space, but one may be rented.
This airy Arts and Crafts-style wood-paneled room in the Carriage Barn provides a rustic setting for events for up to 120.* The room is climate controlled for year-round use.
Exhibition & Lecture Hall
Coming Soon! Under Construction.
*NOTE: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the State of Connecticut mandates allowable levels of occupancy and maximum attendee numbers for public spaces. Please contact Hill-Stead with any questions about current capacity levels.
What We Offer
In addition to one of the loveliest venues in the Greater Hartford area:
- A host for your event to assist with curating, coordination of set-up, take-down, and other hosting duties
- Sound system with 12-channel mixing board, microphones (wired and wireless) and an A/V technician
- Indoor Seating (outdoor events require attendees to bring their own)
- Wi-fi for use during events
- Ticket Sales (if needed)
- Ushers and Ticket Takers for day of performance (if your volunteers are unavailable)
Please complete the public programs contact form to begin our conversation, preferably at least 90 days in advance of your proposed event date. If we mutually agree to move forward, an Event Proposal will be forwarded to you. A complete application will include the Event Proposal Form, program description and sample images (maximum three images including your logo, 300 dpi). Your proposal will be reviewed and we will contact you within three or four weeks of receipt with a disposition. Should your application be accepted, you will contract with Hill-Stead Museum formally to present the proposed event at Hill-Stead. This will mean that you agree to comply with all procedures and policies regarding venue usage.