Tours of Hill-Stead

Hill-Stead Museum Tours

To keep our Museum accessible to all, Hill-Stead Museum offers Seasonal Admission, Early Bird Discounted Admission, as well as Blue Star Museums, Museums for All, and Connecticut Art Trail Benefits. Hill-Stead’s grounds and hiking trails are free to the public.

Museum Members are always free
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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. No advanced purchase required.
Regular Admission – May 1 to December 31

Adults | $20
AAA & Seniors (62+) | $18
Students | $12
Children 6-12 | $10
Children under 6 | FREE
Members  | FREE

Early Bird Admission – Tuesday to Thursday, 10 am to 12 pm, year-round

Adults | $16
AAA & Seniors (62+) | $14
Students | $12
Children 6-12 | $8
Children under 6 | FREE
Members  | FREE

Winter Admission – January 1 to April 30

Adults | $16
Seniors | $14
Students | $12
Children 6-12 | $8
Children under 6 | FREE
Members  | FREE

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.

Adults | $12
Seniors & students | $10
Children 6-12 | $5
Children under 6 | FREE
Members  | FREE

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 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.


Group Tours

Group tours require advance registration. Please register below or contact the Education Department(860-677-4787 ext. 140 or gauling@hillstead.org. For student and youth group tours, please see School Tours.

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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. Reservations are required.

Adults | $16
Seniors | $14
College Students | $13
Children under 6 | FREE
Members  | FREE

Estate Tour

1½- to 2-hour private group tour of the house, gardens and ground.   Great for garden and architecture enthusiasts.  Reservations are required.

Adults | $24
Seniors & students | $22

Gold Tour

1½- to 2-hour private “white-glove” tour of the museum for up to four people. 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. Reservations are required

Members | $25 per person
Non-Members | $50 per person (includes a membership in the museum—Hill-Stead for You or HIll-Stead for Two membership levels).
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      Please note:
  • Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
  • Gold tours are offered between 10:30 am and 2 pm, and are subject to availability
  • For more information, or to reserve a tour, contact the Education Department860-677-4787 ext. 133 or gauling@hillstead.org.

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.

Adults | $15 per person (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.
  • To reserve, contact Andy Verzoza, Executive Director of the Stanley-Whitman House (860.677.9222 ext. 305, lisa@stanleywhitman.org), or Gabrielle Gaulin, Education Associate (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.