Hill-Stead Museum

 
Hill–Stead Museum is a 1901 Colonial Revival mansion filled with priceless works of art and antiques set on 152 gorgeous acres in Farmington, CT. It is best known for its French Impressionist masterpieces, decorative arts, architecture and stately gardens and grounds. The property was designated a National Historic Landmark as a nationally significant example of Colonial Revival architecture, built by one of the nation’s first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddle, to showcase the family’s art collection.
 
Theodate inherited the house after her parents’ deaths, and prior to her own passing in 1946 willed Hill–Stead Museum as a memorial to her parents and "for the benefit and enjoyment of the public." She directed that both the house and its contents remain intact, not to be moved, lent or sold.
 
Hill–Stead's grounds are comprised of a network of walking paths and hiking trails which attract dozens of local dog walkers daily and year-round. The historic Sunken Garden was designed by pioneering landscape architect Beatrix Ferrand, and is home to the renowned Sunken Garden Poetry Festival (currently celebrating the start of its 25th Anniversary Season).
 
Learn more about Hill-Stead Museum at www.hillstead.org.
 
Contact Info 
Address: 35 Mountain Rd., Farmington, CT 06032. Hartford County. 
 
Tel: 860-677-4787 ext. 140. 
 
 
Website: www.hillstead.org
 
Hrs: Tues.-Sun. 10AM-4PM.
 
SCHOOLS
A field trip to Hill-Stead Museum can make lessons on art, history, language arts, women’s history, agriculture and farming come alive!  Set on 152 hilltop acres, this 1901 country estate surrounds students with an authentic and “real-world” interdisciplinary experience. Impressionist Art, Pre-Columbian pottery, Asian antiques, and period furnishings— indoors and out, Hill-Stead Museum offers an unforgettable panorama of life in the context of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century America.
 
Our student tours are designed to make meaningful connections to the Connecticut Curriculum Content Standards through inquiry-based, active learning. Trained professional museum guides engage students in observation and discussion, helping to develop analytical and critical-thinking skills in students of all ages, from pre-school to college and beyond.
 
In addition to themed tours, our educators enjoy working with teachers to develop tours based on specific interests, or that connect to individual classroom curriculum or align with specific grade levels. To discuss these customized tours, please contact Kate Ebner, Director of Educational Programs, at 860-677-4787 ext. 142 or ebnerk@hillstead.org
 
“Students are exposed to some of the most important Impressionist paintings in the world [providing] an invaluable experience to discover unique qualities, which may not be apparent in reproductions …. stimulating improved critical thinking and language skills as well as increasing motivation in studio work. The museum presented our students with a wide-ranging docent-lead tour and art-making experience that incorporated aesthetics, art history, and conversations evaluating artwork that met National Core Arts Standards. This experience made a powerful and lasting impression on our students and helped to expand their perception of art.”
– Joseph Vernali, Bowers Elementary, Manchester
 
 
Contact Info 
Contact: Julie Weaver, weaverj@hillstead.org or 860-677-4787 ext. 140.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades.
 
Group Size: 30-70 (please be prepared to divide your group into smaller groups of 10-12 students prior to the start of the museum tour).
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
 
Cost: Fee. College - $11/student, K-12th -$8/student, PreK - $5/student. Tour Add-Ons - $6 additional fee per student, Chaperones for PreK-High School: 1 free per 10-12 students, each additional $8. Outreach Programs, 3rd-12th -  $150 for 1 -2 hours (class-size groups only). Generous grant funding from the SBM Charitable Foundation provides FREE field trips and outreach for schools (K-12th) in East Hartford, Manchester, and Rockville/Vernon (subject to availability).
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies, Art, Language Arts.
Topics Covered: History, art history, French, visual art, language arts, writing, vocabulary, primary sources, poetry, impressionism, culture.
 
SCOUTS
Scout groups can work on Architecture and Art badges at Hill-Stead Museum while touring the 20th-century home and creating art inspired by the collection.
 
The Grid Art Collaborative Project allows scouts to learn the formal elements of art (line, form, color, shape, etc.) and work together to create a group piece. Learn more about the Grid Art Collaborative Project
  
Contact Info
Contact: Julie Weaver, weaverj@hillstead.org or 860-677-4787 ext. 140.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. 
 
Group Size: 30-70 (please be prepared to divide your group into smaller groups of 10-12 prior to the start of the museum tour).
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. 
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
 
Cost: Fee. K-12th -$8/student, PreK - $5/student. Tour Add-Ons - $6 additional fee per student, Chaperones for PreK-High School: 1 free per 10-12 people, each additional $8. 
 
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Art. 
Topics Covered: Visual art, impressionism, landscapes, culture.
 
HOMESCHOOL
For a description of the themed student tours we offer, please see our website. We will work with you to choose or design an appropriate experience.
 
Our student tours are designed to make meaningful connections to the Connecticut Curriculum Content Standards through inquiry-based, active learning. Trained professional museum guides engage students in observation and discussion, helping to develop analytical and critical-thinking skills in students of all ages, from pre-school to college and beyond.
 
“Excellent!  I’ve been here many times and I always learn so much and new information, as well.  Everyone was friendly, kind and welcoming and asked wonderful questions that engaged the students.”
– Suzanne Kent, East Hartford High School, 2014
 
Contact Info
Contact: Julie Weaver, Educational Programs Associate, 860-677-4787 ext. 140 or weaver@hillstead.org.
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. 
 
Group Size: 30-70 (please be prepared to divide your group into smaller groups of 10-12 prior to the start of the museum tour).
 
Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities.
 
Recomm. Length of Visit: 1-3 hours.
 
Cost: Fee. College - $11/student, K-12th -$8/student, PreK - $5/student. Tour Add-Ons - $6 additional fee per student, Chaperones for PreK-High School: 1 free per 10-12 students, each additional $8. Outreach Programs, 3rd-12th -  $150 for 1 -2 hours (class-size groups only).