Hill-Stead’s 152-acre property boasts rambling stone walls and meadows, historic barns, a network of wooded hiking trails, and the marvelous Sunken Garden. Hill-Stead’s world-class collection of French Impressionist paintings and fine art, exquisite decorative arts and handsome antiques can be found on display year-round in our 1901 Colonial Revival house, designed by one of the country’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle.
Hill-Stead is the first architectural project of Theodate Pope Riddle (1867-1946), fourth registered female architect in the country, early proponent of historic preservation and caretaker of the family art collection. Designed as a country home for Theodate’s parents, Alfred and Ada Pope, the 33,000 square foot, 1901 Colonial Revival mansion has welcomed over 870,000 visitors since opening to the public. Hill-Stead is considered “perhaps the finest Colonial Revival house and museum in the United States” (National Historic Landmark Report) and houses some of the most important Impressionist paintings in the world, including works by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, Claude Monet, and James McNeill Whistler. A print collection spanning 400 years and including pieces by Albrecht Dürer, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Jean-François Millet and Japanese woodblock artists Hokusai, Hiroshige and Utamaro rounds out the collection. Established in 1946 as a cultural resource for the public in perpetuity, the museum is one of the nation’s few remaining representations of early-20th-century Country Place Estates.
Each year Hill-Stead Museum utilizes its historic home, landmark art exhibit, and 152-acre estate to offer over 4,000 tours and an array of programs in art, architecture, gardens, and natural science. In keeping with the Pope family’s tradition of bringing literary, musical, and educational opportunities to the community, the museum presents concerts, lectures, workshops, family festivals, and the nationally acclaimed Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. With its in situ furnishings and collection, the museum offers a unique glimpse into the lifestyle of a well-to-do family at the turn of the 20th century and becomes a well-rounded cultural experience, more than just a day at a museum.
HILL-STEAD MUSEUM Tour with GAC
Wednesday, May 16
Price: $ 150 for current GAC members & $ 165 for non-members
Includes: Bus, guided tour of the museum, a picnic lunch (weather permitting).
The bus will depart from the front of GAC at 8:30 sharp.
To those who haven’t been to Hill-Stead before, you are in for a treat. The story of the house, and the family that built it, is fascinating. The collection of rare French Impressionist paintings on the walls haven’t been removed from the house since they were bought in Paris in the late 19th early 20th century.
For paid reservations, call the GAC office at 203.862.6754
or directlry form our site | VERY Limited Space Available
Trip to Hill-Stead Museum