Tours of Hill-Stead

Hill-Stead Museum Tours


Tours

Highlights of Hill-Stead – Daily Walk-in Tours

55-minute guided tour of the museum—Tuesday through Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm, on the hour and half-hour, with the last tour at 3 pm.
  • $16 adults
  • $14 seniors
  • $12 students
  • $8 children 6-12
  • FREE for members & children under 6. Learn more about Membership Benefits.
  • No advanced purchase required.

First-Floor-Only Tours

55-minute guided tour of the museum—Tuesday through Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm, on the hour and half-hour, with the last tour at 3 pm.
  • $12 adults
  • $10 seniors & students
  • $5 children 6 – 12
  •  FREE for members & children under 6. Learn more about Membership Benefits.

Special Exhibition Tours

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Diamonds in the Rough: Golfing at Hill-Stead—Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Regular house tours are offered Tuesday through Sunday year-round. Tickets for special exhibition tours and regular house tours can be purchased separately or at a discounted combo price.
  • Exhibition Tickets: $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 students, , $12, $8 children 6 to 12, free for children under 6
  • Exhibition + House Tickets: $17 adults, $22 seniors, $20 students, $20, $12, children 6 to 12
  • FREE for Museum Members and children under 6. Not a Member?  Join Now
  • Let’s Go Arts Members: 2-for-1 admission
  • Please note: Closed-toe shoes are required to visit the re-creation of Hill-Stead’s first tee due to possible poison ivy, which is commonly present in preserved natural landscapes such as ours.

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Group Tours

Group tours require advance registration.  Please contact the Education Department (860-677-4787 ext. 140 or gauling@hillstead.org.)

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Highlights of Hill-Stead (10 or more people):

One-hour guided tour of the museum, perfect for groups with time constraints or multiple destinations. 

  • $14 – adults
  • $11 – seniors & students
  • $8 – children 6-12
  • FREE for members & children under 6. Learn more about Membership Benefits
  • Reservations are required.

Estate Tour

1½- to 2-hour private group tour of the house, gardens and ground.   Great for garden and architecture enthusiasts 
  • $20 adults
  • $18 seniors & students
  • $8 children 6-12
  • FREE for members & children under 6. Learn more about Membership Benefits

Gold Tour – A treat for two!

1½- to 2-hour private “white-glove” tour of the museum. Gold Tour guests receive special attention and view more objects and rooms than available during daily tours.  Get a glimpse inside cabinets, go behind ropes, and much more.
  • $50 – two members (groups of four may be accommodated by request)
  • $100 – two non-members, includes a family membership! Learn more about Membership Benefits.
  • Reservations are required. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
  • These tours are offered between 10:30 am and 2 pm, and are subject to availability.

NEW Hill-Stead Museum & Stanley-Whitman House combo-tour package — TWO for the price of ONE!

1-hour guided tour at each museum for adult visitors seeking an afternoon of learning and enjoyment in Farmington—Tuesday to Friday between 10 am to 3 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays between 12 and 3 pm.

  • $15 per adult for a minimum of 10 people
Please note:
  • Add-on lunch options are available. See Details.
  • A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required to reserve (check, credit card or cash).
  • Museum memberships, passes and discounts may not be used towards this special offer
  • These tours are offered from
  • To reserve, contact Andy Verzoza, Executive Director of the Stanley-Whitman House (860.677.9222 ext. 305, lisa@stanleywhitman.org), or Gabrielle Gaulin, Director of Community Engagement at Hill-Stead Musem (860-677-4787 ext. 140 or gauling@hillstead.org).

For more information, or to reserve a tour, contact the Education Department (860-677-4787 ext. 140 or gauling@hillstead.org.)


Additional Information

Reservations

Hill-Stead welcomes groups of 10 or more people but requires advance reservation and a non-refundable deposit. Please reserve at least two to four weeks in advance of your visit.

Admission Discounts

Other discounts do not apply to group tours, i.e., AAA discount, library passes or coupons.

Timing

Allow ample time. General museum tours are one hour. We suggest giving your group at least two hours at Hill-Stead, so that in addition to the guided tour, individuals may see the 12-minute orientation video, explore the grounds and gardens and visit the museum shop and restrooms.

Accessibility

The first floor of the historic house is accessible. The Sunken Garden, restrooms, and Makeshift Theater are all accessible. Designated parking is available.

Amenities

Free on-site bus and car parking, reserved handicapped spaces, museum shop, and restrooms.

Bus Directions

Buses should use the Farmington Avenue gate. Please note that GPS will route you to the car entrance. Group reservations are required in advance. Download Bus Directions (PDF) 

Restaurants

For a list of restaurants, see our FAQ page, or inquire in the Museum Shop.