Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum anmeldelser, Farmington

Hill-Stead Museum
4.5
10:00–16:00
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10:00 - 16:00
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10:00 - 16:00
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10:00 - 16:00
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christina b
188 bidrag
mai 2022
We went for the May Mart which was a fundraiser for the grounds. We were disappointed that we weren't able to tour the home. Especially since we paid to enter the event. The grounds are beautiful. I enjoyed the sunken garden with the tulips in bloom.
Skrevet 13. mai 2022
Denne anmeldelsen er den subjektive meningen til et Tripadvisor-medlem og ikke fra TripAdvisor LLC.

kzsull01
Windsor, CT359 bidrag
jan. 2022
My husband and I visited the beautiful estate at the Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut, on Thursday, December 30th, 2021 and Thursday, January 6th, 2022. We have taken the guided house tour multiple times in the past and have always enjoyed it. This was no exception during our most recent visits. We took the 11 AM house tour on December 30th and the 10 AM on January 6th, Both tours were excellent and lasted about an hour and ten minutes each time, with the house being nicely decorated for the holidays. Each visit we had different tour guides who offered varying perspectives, pointing out different aspects of the house, which was great. They were almost like completely different tours with new and interesting information/details.

Our tour guides were both friendly, polite, interesting, very knowledgeable, quite enjoyable and answered everyone’s questions. They provided us with many interesting details about the impressive and exquisite collections of artwork on display throughout the house by Master Impressionist painters, such as, Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler and Cassatt as well as Japanese Woodblock Prints, a variety of other types of prints, and antique ceramics. They also told us several interesting and intriguing stories about Theodate Pope Riddle and her family, giving us great information from a historical perspective about the period in which they lived. Both house tours were great lessons in history, art and culture and very nice walks back through time.

The house is a 1901 Colonial Revival Mansion designed by Theodate Pope for her parents as a retirement home. The architecture both inside and outside the house is quite impressive. All the beautiful furnishings inside the house are of the highest-quality and are original to the house, and there are numerous pieces. It is quite amazing how well preserved all the furniture is as well as all the original exquisite decorative arts that include very old antique ceramic pieces from different Chinese dynasties, European ceramics and much, much, more. The very impressive collection of artwork on display throughout the house was acquired from several grand tour trips abroad as well as purchased through art dealers in the United States. The house décor, including ceramics, curtains, carpets and other decorative arts, blend in quite well with the well preserved paintings, which are all beautifully framed. This blending brings out beautiful details in the paintings. Everything in the house fits in well together.

There are several curio cabinets throughout the house filled with beautiful pieces, including a very interesting chess set. I loved the spacious dining room, drawing room with its grand piano, the libraries and multiple bedrooms, all with beautiful artwork and furniture. As mentioned previously, the various paintings on display throughout the house are by Master Impressionist Artists, including one of my favorites, ‘Dancers in Pink’ by Edgar Degas in the drawing room near the grand piano. The woodwork is quite nice throughout the house, in particular in the first library, and even the staircase going upstairs is very interesting, having many unique paintings/prints hung on its side wall as you go up the stairs.

Unfortautely photography is not allowed inside the house. However, we were able to take some nice pictures outside the house. During the warmer months we were able to take some very nice photos of the beautiful Sunken Gardens, which had lovely large pink tulips in bloom at the time of our visit in early May and many other types of flowers, all well laid-out around a beautiful gazebo. The surrounding grounds are quite nice to walk around, including the farm down the hill, which we walked to in the past, and viewing the unique natural Parterre Garden, from the side of the house facing the farm. The grounds are definitely scenic and well maintained, and include multiple trails that you could hike.

During our most recent visits it was a little too cold to walk around the grounds and we also did not have the time to do so. However, when touring the house during the warmer months our visits have taken more than an hour and a half. This included touring the house, walking around the Sunken Gardens as well as the pollinator garden and the surrounding grounds. Our experiences visiting the estate have always been very pleasant being a great combination of art, history, culture and nature.

This museum is part of the Connecticut Art Trail, making it a great value. We have recently become members of the museum and enjoy being able to visit it multiple times with free admission throughout the year, seeing how it changes during the different seasons. We like the flexibility of not being required to have timed-tickets, but only needing to arrive at the time of the start of our tour. The staff members at the front desk admission area are also very friendly, polite and helpful. In addition, there is plenty of free parking convenient to the museum.

We recommend this museum and look forward to visiting it again soon. The newly constructed gallery, will be a great place to view and enjoy Special Exhibits in the future. We hope to be able to see an exhibit there sometime soon.
Skrevet 10. januar 2022
Denne anmeldelsen er den subjektive meningen til et Tripadvisor-medlem og ikke fra TripAdvisor LLC.

Sheryl P
Beltsville, MD266 bidrag
jun. 2021
We took a tour of the interior of this historic home. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable about the art pieces inside and knew fascinating details about them and the family which collected them. It's unassuming from the outside, but well-worth a visit.
Skrevet 24. juni 2021
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sullific
new haven, ct655 bidrag
jun. 2021
I visited Hill Stead years ago and enjoyed the experience. However, even with the relaxing of the Covid Panic, they haven't gotten their act together. Last fall, I walked over while staying at a nearby Farmington hotel, and it was unclear whether they were open or not. A visit this past Sunday - we're now talking mid-June 2021, when the state is "100% open" - revealed that the shop and visitor's center have been gutted to provide a lovely new visitor's center, but which now is a vacant shell under construction (masks still required indoors, though why you would go in is beyond me, unless the rest rooms were functioning). Meanwhile a blackboard outside the home said that tours were on the hour, pay then. No other info, no prices, no one anywhere around to ask anything.

Take Away: Don't bother to visit until they finish the new visitors' center. Maybe then they will care enough about their visitors to actually become visible to them.

Note: We stopped here after a failed visit to a neighbouring historic house in Farmington which advertised as being open, but was locked up tight, no sign, no explanations. So another take away: Skip Farmington until it starts valuing people who make the effort to see their offerings only to be met with vacant parking lots, locked doors and silence.
Skrevet 14. juni 2021
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Escape765403
3 bidrag
mai 2021
Easily the worst museum visit of my life, and I am 63 and have been to the world's great museums. I'll explain why below.

First, there are mostly very minor paintings, most not very good; most insignificant. There are only four paintings worth viewing: two by Monet (two of his haystack paintings) and two by Degas. And these are behind ropes making it very difficult to view from closer than about 8 feet.

Second, you can only view the paintings on a guided tour, and we are given very little time to view each work; most of the time is spent on talking about how rich and wonderful the family must have been living in this 33,000 sq. foot house---which I found dark and dreary, unimpressive, and an architectual mess.

Third, the guides are so slavish and obsequious to the family's memory who bequeathed the estate (ours kept telling us how lucky we were to be there) that it was just plain nauseating.

So, go for beautiful grounds and walk them. They're the stars here. For a truly impressive visit to a remarkable family collection, go to the Barnes Museum in Philadelphia. Stay away from the Hill Stead and save your $20.
Skrevet 16. mai 2021
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kzsull01
Windsor, CT359 bidrag
mai 2021
My husband and I visited the beautiful estate at the Hill-stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut, on Thursday, May 6th, 2021. We took the 10 AM house tour, which was excellent and lasted for about an hour. Our tour guide was friendly, polite, interesting, very knowledgeable and quite enjoyable. She provided us with many interesting details about the impressive and exquisite artwork on display throughout the house by Master Impressionist painters, such as, Monet, Degas, Manet, Whistler and Cassatt as well as Japanese Woodblock Prints and antique ceramics. She also told us several stories about Theodate Pope Riddle and her family, giving us great information from a historical perspective about the period in which they lived. The house tour was a great lesson in history, art and culture and a very nice walk back through time.

The house is a 1901 Colonial Revival Mansion designed by Theodate Pope for her parents as a retirement home. All the beautiful furnishings inside the house are of the highest-quality and are original to the house, and there are numerous pieces. It is quite amazing how well preserved all the furniture is as well as all the original exquisite decorate arts that include antique ceramic pieces from different Chinese dynasties, European ceramics and much, much, more. The very impressive collection of artwork on display throughout the house was acquired from many trips abroad as well as purchased through art dealers in the United States. Each piece fits in very well with the house’s décor.

There are several curio cabinets throughout the house filled with beautiful pieces, including a very interesting chess set. I loved the spacious dining room, drawing room with its grand piano, the libraries and multiple bedrooms, all with beautiful artwork. As mentioned previously, the various paintings on display throughout the house are by Master Impressionist Artists, including one of my favorites, ‘Dancers in Pink’ by Edgar Degas in the drawing room near the grand piano. The woodwork is quite nice throughout the house and even the staircase going upstairs is very interesting, having many unique paintings hung on its side wall. An added bonus to our tour, is that some of Theodate’s beautiful gowns were on display at the time of our visit.

Although we were not able to take pictures inside the house, we were able to take some very nice photos of the outside of the house as well as of the beautiful Sunken Gardens, which had lovely large pink tulips in bloom at the time of our visit and many other types of flowers, all well laid-out around a beautiful gazebo. The surrounding grounds are quite nice to walk around, including the farm down the hill, which we walked to in the past, and viewing the unique natural Parterre Garden, from the side of the house facing the farm. The grounds are definitely scenic and well maintained, and include multiple trails that you could hike.

Our visit took about an hour and a half and included touring the house, walking around the Sunken Gardens as well as the pollinator garden and the surrounding grounds. Our experience was very pleasant being a great combination of art, history, culture and nature.

This museum is part of the Connecticut Art Trail, making it a great value. We enjoyed the flexibility of not being required to have timed-tickets, but only needing to arrive at the time of the start of our tour. There is plenty of free parking convenient to the museum. However, since there was construction underway we needed to enter the house by a side entrance to the house, and not from the back, at the time of our visit, which was a bit confusing.

We recommend this museum and look forward to visiting it again. The new gallery, currently under construction, but not yet completed, will be a great place to view and enjoy Special Exhibits in the futures. Hope to see it sometime soon!
Skrevet 11. mai 2021
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Ron S
New York City, NY4 986 bidrag
okt. 2020
Describing it as "a large collection of French Impressionist paintings" is an exaggeration. It's more of a country house with a small private art collection but what makes it exceptional is the way those impressionist paintings are presented. I can't say if the curators and technicians used a scientific approach here but the method of lighting they employ produces a phenomenal effect. The paintings in question, definitely the highlights of the entire collection, namely: Monet's haystacks (2) and landscape; Degas pastel and pink ballerinas; and a portrait by Manet make a viewer redefine the idea of a masterpiece. Real feast of color. Bravo!
The admission is pretty steep for the art collection alone (although they make an emphasis on the mansion and the grounds) but I saw it in a different light, literally. )) A guided tour is every hour on the hour and is mandatory. No pictures allowed.
Skrevet 19. november 2020
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Yi N
Newark, DE93 bidrag
okt. 2020
I tried to call multiple times at different times in the day and different days of the week, but they never responded.
On the day of the visit, they refused to accept my CT Art Trail Passport, claiming that they cannot scan the voucher to “talk” to the CT Art Trail Pass system to confirm that I had a good voucher. And this is because they didn’t upgrade their computer system. They also said they had told other people over and again that they do not participate in the Art Trail Pass program now, even though their website clearly lists various special admission programs including the Art Trail Passport. This means it was not an accident or an inconvenience that happened just on that day. They had planned this. They knew this all along and decided not to be honest. Very evil management.
Skrevet 31. oktober 2020
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tweedybird26
Floral Park, NY667 bidrag
sep. 2020
This is a very interesting spot. Inside the historic house there is amazing art and the outside offers a variety of trails to explore.
Skrevet 21. september 2020
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Cathleen C
Florida321 bidrag
aug. 2020
Grand home with rich history, amazing paintings (including works by Whistler & Monet) and lovely gardens. Our Tour Guide, Sharon was terrific! She was very enthusisatic, knowledgeable and gave us the perfect amount of time to enjoy the inside of the house and view the outside from different angles. Great to know that the walking trails are pet friendly and, the picnic tables are open to the Public. Concerts are held on the gounds the first Sunday of every month (weather permiting).
Skrevet 23. august 2020
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