- Hill-Stead Museum is open Thursday to Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm; the last tour begins at 3 pm.
- The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays (Easter Sunday, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).
- Hill-Stead’s grounds are open to the public daily from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.
- Visits to the Pope-Riddle House at Hill-Stead Museum are by guided tour only.
- Hour-long daily, walk-in tours begin on the hour and half-hour with the last tour beginning at 3 pm. For information on the variety of tours offered at the Museum, please see Tours of the House.
- Hill-Stead also offers exclusive private tours with our curator by appointment only.
Schedule a private tour
- Hill-Stead welcomes groups of 10 or more people but requires advance reservations and a non-refundable deposit. For more information see Group Tours.
Special Admission Programs
As a Blue Star Museum, Hill-Stead offers active-duty military families FREE admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America.
Hill-Stead is a part of the Museums for All program and offers FREE admission for up to four people to with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children’s Museums and Institute of Museum and Library Services to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits.
Hill-Stead is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail. Discover Connecticut’s artistic treasures with the Connecticut Art Trail Art Passport. The $25 Art Passport includes one admission to each of the 20 member museums per year. Explore diverse, quality collections rich in history and heritage, including European masterpieces, American Impressionism, ancient art and contemporary culture.
Hill-Stead offers designated parking and wheelchair accessibility to the first floor of the Pope Riddle House, Museum Shop, Orientation Gallery (where visitors may view a photo-essay timeline and a video) and the Sunken Garden. We keep one wheelchair for visitor usage.
The Museum Archives are open by appointment only. Please contact Melanie Bourbeau at 860.677.4787 ext 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art classes, Plein air painting groups, and other groups
Please review our Photography, Painting and Filming Policy. If you are coming as a group, please call us in advance. This allows us to notify your group if someone arrives late, receives a phone call, or you need other forms of assistance. Please contact Rachel Cutler, 860-677-4787 ext. 136 or email@example.com.
Please consider bringing your group indoors for a tour of the museum’s renowned collection. Monet’s fine landscapes can be a great source of inspiration. To arrange for a group visit, contact Rachel Cutler, 860-677-4787 ext. 136 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pets at Hill-Stead
Hill-Stead welcomes pets of all kinds on the property, as long as they are accompanied by owners at all times and properly leashed or restrained. The museum asks that owners clean up after their pets; there is a receptacle in the Orientation Area for garbage.
Guidelines for Visitors
We ask that you “Leave only footprints, take only photographs.” (Photographs allowed outside the museum only). Please help us preserve this unique setting by observing the following guidelines:
- Please restrict your use of permanent materials, such as acrylic and oil paints, to grassy surfaces and stay away from all stone walls, bluestone paths, porches and walkways.
- The grounds are open from 7:30am to 5:30pm; please plan your visits accordingly. We ask that you park in designated parking areas only and not on the grass.
- Picnicking is allowed only in designated areas where we have placed picnic tables. Please do not eat in the Sunken Garden.
- During public hours, you are welcome to use our restrooms. There are beverages available for sale in our vending area. There is also a wonderful array of original en plein air paintings by Connecticut artists, art books for children and adults, and many wonderful gift items available for sale in our Museum Shop.
- Please remember to keep away from poison ivy, which grows in abundance on the grounds of Hill-Stead. In addition, after you have finished working, remember to check yourself for ticks that may carry Lyme disease.
- Hill-Stead Museum is a not-for-profit organization and relies on support from people like you to keep its doors and grounds open. Consider making a donation to the museum or becoming member. Stop by our
Museum Shop for more information.
Discover the Farmington Valley
Connecticut’s Farmington Valley is rich in historic sites, art, dining, recreation and more. The best place to find comprehensive information about it all is the Farmington Valley Visitors Association, www.fvva.com or 860.676.8878. Below is a select list of area restaurants, galleries, antique shops and recreation spots recommended by the staff at Hill-Stead Museum.
- Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar (formerly Pettibone’s Tavern) | 860.264.1580
- Antiques at Old Avon Village | 860.677.1150
- Avon Old Farms Hotel | 860.677.1651
- Avon Old Farms School | 860.404.4100
- Butchers & Bakers | 860.470.7414
- Canton Barn Antiques & Auctions | 860.693.0601
- Centennial Inn Hotels & Apartments | 860.677.4647
- The Coffee Trade| 860.676.2661
- Collinsville Canoe & Kayak | 860.693.6977
- Cugino’s Restaurant | 860.678.9366
- The Farmington Inn | 860.677.2821
- Farmington Marriott Hotel | 800.228.9290
- Farmington Valley Arts Center | 860.678.1867
- First Company Governor’s Horse Guards | 860.673.3525
- Fork & Fire | 860.255.7674
- Gallery on the Green / Canton Artists’ Guild | 860.693.4102
- Green Tea Chinese Restaurant | 860.678.8880
- Homewood Suites Hilton | 860.321.0000
Hartford • Farmington, CT
- International Skating Center of Connecticut | 860.651.5400
- Max-A-Mia | 860.677.6299
- Miss Porter’s School | 860.409.3500
- Naples Pizza | 860.674.8876
- The North House | 860.404.5951
- Piccolo Arancio | 860.674.1224
- Stanley-Whitman House | 860.677.9222
- Winding Trails Recreation Association | 860.677.8458
- Wood Acres Farm-Horse Drawn Carriages | 860.583.8670
- Wood-n-Tap Restaurant | 860.773.6736
Hill-Stead Museum is centrally located in a state with lots to offer. From the “Quiet Corner” to Fairfield County and the shoreline, Connecticut offers adventure, charm, and a vast array of activities for all ages. Here is just a taste of the wonderful cultural destinations and organizations Connecticut has to offer:
- The Artists Collective | 860.527.3205
- Charter Oak Cultural Center | 860.249.1207
- The Children’s Museum | 860.231.2824
West Hartford, CT
- Connecticut Office on Tourism | 860.256.2800
- Connecticut’s Historic Garden
- Connecticut Historical Society | 860.236.5621
- Connecticut Landmarks | 860.247.8996
- Connecticut’s River Valley | 860.787.9640
- Connecticut Science Center | 860.724.3623
- Connecticut State Library | 860.757.6500
- Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail
- Farmington Valley Visitors Association | 860.676.8878
- Greater Hartford Arts Council | 860.525.8629
- Harriet Beecher Stowe Center | 860.522.9258
- Hartford Public Library | 860.695.6300
- The Mark Twain House & Museum | 860.247.0998
- New Britain Museum of American Art | 860.229.0257
New Britain, CT
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art | 860.278.2670