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“Designed by a woman architect”
Review of Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Farmington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of French Impressionist paintings.
Reviewed 12 July 2018

Theodate Pope Riddle was ahead of her times. The home/museum was designed by her. This was in the early years of the 20th century when women were barely represented in the field of architecture. She was encouraged by her father; she was their only child. You can see the details inside the house and realize how pragmatic were her designs. Her principle was form follows function. Photography wasn't allow inside. It would been nice to document the details and touches within the house that impressed me a lot. The family admired the way Mount Vernon was built and so, they duplicate the portico of George Washington's mansion, but they overlook the valley instead of the Potomac River which was the view Mount Vernon has.

Our guide, Linda York, was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She pointed out the special details of the house and the various paintings the family collected. They were partial to Manet, Monet, and Degas.

The sunken garden must not be missed. When we were there, some mothers and their children made the garden their gathering place and the children were having a great time.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 26 May 2018

We were touring New England from the UK as our Golden Wedding Anniversary Trip. We turned up without a booking and were lucky to have the guided tour with only two other people so the guide was able to give us more individual attention. To see the wonderful paintings in the locations that the owner intended them to be in, and have the history of the building explained was a bonus. We had time to explore the garden but not the trails in the grounds.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank neilmac1947
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

This museum is a home that has very old paintings on the wall from Impressionists like Monet. You can watch a 12 minute video first so you can learn about it first. There is a small garden on the grounds. In the back of the property there is a small farm with a couple of goats. The view is spectacular. The tour guide gave us a lot of interesting information. If you cant stand they provide very light weight chairs that you can sit on while you take the tour. Remember to bring your walking shoes so you can walk the grounds after.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 8 March 2018

The special thing about this museum is that it is set in a family home as the family would have experienced their art collection. Wonderful art worth the trip. I urge you to go see it.

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 18 February 2018

After living in the area for much too long without visiting the Hill-Stead museum, I finally went on a tour with my adult daughter. Why is it we bypass the treasures closest to us? The grounds are spectacular, the home is beautiful and the art is stunning. The grounds are worth a walk themselves and the story of the house, well that is the best part. I am so glad we have foresighted people to realize their belongings are only borrowed and best suited for everyone to enjoy. Don't miss this wonderful CT home.

Date of experience: March 2017
1  Thank moonbeam83
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