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“Wedding Reception”
Review of Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Farmington
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Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of French Impressionist paintings.
Reviewed 23 October 2018

On the museum grounds for a wedding and reception. Great setting and the staff that provided the services was wonderful!

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Lovely location. Visits to the house are by guided tour only. Our guide, David, was extremely knowledgeable. The art on display is exceptional. It is never loaned out. The Mary Cassatt painting in the guest bedroom is beautiful. There are also some very good Degas, Monet, Manet and Whistler paintings. The house is locked into a period of time and is absolutely full of all sorts of treasures - paintings, prints, ceramics, sculptures, even golf memorabilia. The tour takes about one hour.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lin D
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Reviewed 28 August 2018

Stunned by the world class artwork and the at home feel of the house. I’ve been to many, many regional museums and toured many homes and can say without a doubt, this one is a stunner because of the artwork. Amazing to see the paintings as they were enjoyed by the family, rather than in the coldness of a gallery. Recommended by locals who steered me right. $14 senior admission, $16 adult. Don’t bring small children in the house if you can help it; be selfish and enjoy the docent led tour and stories without being distracted...unless you have billionaire friends with homes decorated in world class art you can pop in and see when the whim strikes.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank ymceight
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Reviewed 16 August 2018 via mobile

The Hill-Stead Museum was the first architectural project of Theodate Pope Riddle. It functioned as a country home for her parents and is over the 30,000 SF in size.

The grounds are gorgeous (150+ acres) You can tour the Home and view the house as it was when the family was there. You can view the paintings of Monet, Cassatt, Degas, Manet, and Whistler. I love the Monet “Hay Stacks” in the main living room and the Cassatt in an upstairs bedroom. There is also a vast print coloration including the works of Millet, Dürer, and Piranesi.

Currently there is a fascination golf exhibit with sone items from the area and the NE borrowed from the USGA Museum. The family had a small pitch and putt course on the grounds that you can actually try during this exhibit. The Sunken Garden
Poetry Festival goes on every summer on the grounds.

Costs for entry are $16 adults, $14 seniors, $12 students, $8 and children 6 to 12
Members and children under 6 are free.

There are rotating exhibits as they have far too much in their collection to have up at one time.

There are many events year round

It is beautiful, quiet, and should not be missed. Several visits are required.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

Hill-Stead Museum has a lot to offer-- a classic house designed by one of the first female architects in the U.S., a property designed by one of the first female landscape architects in the U.S., hiking trails and a priceless collection of art and antiques that can only be seen on site. Our guide was knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but there's so much to see in the house that it can't all be appreciated in one visit. Looking forward to hiking the trails in the fall and seeing the house at Christmas. The museum is open year round. Connecticut residents can take advantage of the library museum pass program to get free admission.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank johnatod
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