Exclusive Private Guided Tours of Hill-Stead

Beginning November 1, Hill-Stead will offer exclusive private tours for small groups

Enjoy this unique opportunity to intimately experience the Museum’s collections. This rare opportunity to go behind the scenes provides an in-depth look at the collection with detailed & authentic family and artist stories.  With full access to all period rooms, this two-hour exclusive experience offers exceptional value.

In most instances, tours will be led by Hill-Stead’s Senior Curator.

To arrange for a tour, please contact Hill-Stead Museum’s Senior Curator, Melanie Bourbeau (bourbeaum@hillstead.org or 860-677-4787, ext. 122) to discuss date options.


All guests  |  $45 per person
Please check back for reservation information

Tour Information

  • Reservations should be made a minimum of two weeks in advance of visit and advance payment is required.
  • Tours are up to two hours in duration and available on a mutually agreed-upon date.
  • Tours can accommodate a maximum of six visitors.
  • Tours may be canceled with a refund at the Museum’s discretion.
  • Before your visit, please review our reopening plan.


I wanted to thank you for the wonderful tour you gave us last Saturday. Our friends were entranced by the story of Theodate Pope Riddle, her family, and the house that she designed…not to mention the exquisite works of art glowing on its walls!  It is always a magical place to visit, and you brought it to life in a delightful and fascinating way.

Whenever I visit, I am amazed anew at our good fortune in having such a jewel right here in the Connecticut River Valley.  I was reminded this time of visiting…the rather small building on the campus of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont that on the interior is a reproduction of the Havemeyer’s New York apartment, filled with gorgeous Impressionist works from their collection. The paintings there are magnificent, but the fact that the Hill-Stead is actually where the family had dinners and welcomed guests and sat in the library reading on a chilly afternoon makes it very special indeed.June 12, 2021

I want to thank you for the fabulous tour today. Your insight, anecdotes, and knowledge were delightful and certainly added to our appreciation and enjoyment of the tour and house.June 27, 2020
Thanks very much for the wonderful tour. We had a great time with you. I just became a member.July 27, 2020