Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
Cultural Nonprofit
Hill-Stead Museum

History: Theodate Pope Riddle (1867-1946), Connecticut’s sixth registered female architect, established Hill-Stead Museum through her 1946 Will. With drafting assistance from architects McKim, Mead & White, she designed a 36-room house for her parents, Ada and Alfred Pope, today consid-ered one of the nation’s most important examples of Colonial Revival domestic architecture. The 1901, 33,000-square-foot house exhibits the Popes’ exceptional art collection, which features iconic work by Cassatt, Degas, Manet, Monet and Whistler. The site includes a theater and farm complex and a Warren Manning-inspired, 152-acre landscape. A c. 1920 Beatrix Farrand-designed sunken garden is a centerpiece of the property.

Mission: Hill-Stead Museum, a National Historic Landmark, serves diverse audiences in Connecticut and beyond as a welcoming place for learning, reflection and enjoyment. The museum develops, preserves, documents, displays and interprets its exceptional Impressionist paintings, 1901 historic house, collections and 152-acre landscape for the benefit of present and future generations.

Goals: Trustees, Governors, staff and volunteers seek to preserve Hill-Stead’s diverse resources and fully realize their interpretive potential. We follow American Association of Museum standards and strive for the authenticity and integrity befitting a National Historic Landmark. Tours and public programs make the visual and literary arts available, decipherable and enjoyable to varied audiences.

Current Programs and activities: Key activities include preservation, research and archival activity; guided house and garden tours; student curriculum-related studies, field trips; teacher workshops; inter-generational nature and art activities; monthly gallery talks; scholarly lectures; poetry performances, competitions and workshops; an annual two-day garden fair; and use of the grounds by painters, photographers and outdoor enthusiasts.

Accomplishments: Accredited by the American Association of Museums (2003); Official Project of Save America’s Treasures; National Historic Landmark; member of Connecticut Women’s Heritage Trail, Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, Connecticut’s Historic Gardens and Connecticut Center for the Book.

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Executive Director
Mailing Address: 
35 Mountain Road
Farmington, CT 06032
Physical Address: 
35 Mountain Road
Farmington, CT 06032
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Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Humanities - General
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Museums - Other

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Hill-Stead Museum
Venue Type: 
Gallery / Museum
Venue Address: 
35 Mountain Road
Farmington, CT 06032
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Venue Features: 
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Sound system
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HIll-Stead Museum is a National Historic Landmark set on 152 acres. The estate includes a sunken perennial garden, hiking trails and a historic house filled with art and antiques including French Impressionist masterpieces by Monet and Degas.