Hill-Stead Museum’s Reopening Plan

After temporarily closing our Museum doors, Hill-Stead will be gradually reopening. The Museum will be open for private tours by appointment only beginning July 2.   Schedule a Private Tour

Through it all, we have honored our commitment, keeping our gorgeous grounds open for all—an oasis in a turbulent time.

We invite you to attend From the Porch, Hill-Stead’s inaugural multicultural outdoor performing arts series, featuring music, dance, theater, and more.

Before You Visit

Our first priority is the health and safety of our visitors, staff, volunteers, and neighbors. Before you visit, please learn how to make your visit a safe and enjoyable one.

Review our visitor expectations

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 Jennifer Mooney 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 summer 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.

2 thoughts on “Hill-Stead Museum’s Reopening Plan

  1. Hill-Stead Museum Post author

    Thanks for your interest in visiting Hill-Stead Museum! Beginning on July 2, we will be open for private tours by appointment only. You may schedule a Private Tour here

  2. Ruth Yancovich

    I would be interested in touring the first floor(especially) of your wonderful museum! I will be in Farmington Fri am (7/3/2020) or Thur 7/2/2020 afternoon = On such short notice, would it be possible to take a tour with you (It would probably just be for one, possibly 2 others) I always wear a mask and would sign a liability letter. If this is possibly, what would be the cost?
    If this is too short notice, would a tour (including viewing those MAGNIFICENT Haystaks) be a possibility for a future weekday or Sunday?
    Your beautiful museum (and the hope of its reopening now =or soon=) fills the heart with joy ==not always present these days.

    Sincerely, Ruth Hartford,Ct

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