Connecticut Art Trail and Other Partners

Blue Star Museums

As a Blue Star Museum, Hill-Stead offers active-duty military families free admission from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  For more information, please visit

Connecticut Art Trail

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. You may purchase a pass for all 20 museums at Hill-Stead Museum. Please inquire in the Museum Shop.

Connecticut Barn Trail

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Barns of Connecticut project comprises a database of over 8,400 barns, including Hill-Stead’s own carriage barn, and the historic farm’s horse barn and hay barn.  Visit for seven regional guides to Connecticut barns of significance.

Connecticut Historic Gardens

Connecticut is home to many beautiful and unique gardens, both public and private. Fourteen historic gardens dotted throughout the state have joined to form Connecticut’s Historic Gardens. These delightful places offer visitors an opportunity to explore a variety of garden styles and time periods. Visit Connecticut Historic Gardens to find out more.

Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail (CT Women’s Hall of Fame)

Throughout Connecticut’s history, wives, mothers and daughters maintained homes and businesses, cared for children and the infirm, provided family income, initiated social reform, inspired creative endeavors, achieved artistic brilliance and sometimes became heroines.  Indeed, women’s lives have been filled with rich experiences, and their daily contributions are an invaluable part of our history that has too often been overlooked. Visit the Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail to find women’s stories, retold and reinterpreted to educate and inspire new generations of women and girls.

Farmington Heritage Alliance

The Farmington Heritage Alliance is a cooperative group of Farmington non-profit groups with a mission to support and promote the non-profit organizations we represent and work together on heritage or cultural-related projects. To learn more, see Farmington Heritage Alliance

Farmington Valley Historic Sites (FVVA)

Historic Sites of Connecticut’s Farmington Valley enhances the appreciation of the Farmington Valley’s rich history, by promoting communication among heritage groups and offering unique programs. Historic Sites is part of the Farmington Valley Visitors Association, a non-profit corporation, whose mission is to serve as a resource for residents and to promote the Farmington Valley to individuals and businesses wishing to relocate to the area, and tourists wishing to experience all that the Farmington Valley has to offer. Learn more at

Museums for All

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 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.

Photograph by Deborah Key.