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Long Profile of The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT



The Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, Connecticut officially opened to the public in 1947.

This once private residence is now a fine art museum exhibiting its large collection of French Impressionist art.

"Since its opening to the public in April 1947, over 850,000 visitors have toured the house and participated in guided house and garden tours, student curriculum-related studies, field trips, teacher workshops, inter-generational nature and art activities, monthly gallery talks, lectures, year-round poetry programs, an annual two-day garden fair and a new annual Farmers Market. Visitors also use the property for plein air painting, garden tours, hiking and photography."


The Hill-Stead Museum was built in 1901 as a family residence for wealthy industrialist Alfred Atmore Pope, who collected French Impressionist paintings. His architect daughter Theodate Pope Riddle, designed the buildings, and bequeathed the site as a museum in 1946 in honor of her parents' memory.

"The family moved into the house in 1901, bringing with them their world-class collection of Impressionist paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics, furnishings and decorative items. The estate comprises a Cotswold-like grouping and a Warren Manning-inspired landscape. A one-acre, c. 1920 Beatrix Farrand-designed Sunken Garden is the centerpiece of the property."


The Museum's mission according to their website: "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."


The Hill-Stead Museum is located in Farmington, Connecticut.

It is two hours from New York City and Boston, and 10 minutes from Hartford.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of researching, analyzing, restoring, and preserving artwork for the future. Highly trained specialists work as art conservators.

Museums with small collections tend to hire the services of professional art conservators, rather than having an in-house conservation department.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired fine examples of French Impressionist paintings, by some of the best-known painters such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Mary Cassatt.

Works by Édouard Manet, James McNeill Whistler, engravings by Albrecht Dürer and Japanese woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige, along with photographs, ceramics, furniture and archival documents are also in the collection.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum encourages teachers to bring their students for a tour as there are many topics to explore such as history, art, architecture, and science. The Museum also provides printed materials to help teachers design a tour for their classes.

Employment Information:

The Hill-Stead Museum posts job opportunities on their website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, marketing, public relations, and security so be sure to check the listings regularly. It also posts volunteer and internship positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment, as you can apply online for a job. When a job opening is available, it is typically requested to submit your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum stating the position which you are applying.

Museum's Contact Info:

Hill-Stead Museum, 35 Mountain Road, Farmington, CT 06032. Tel: 860.677.4787

The Hill-Stead Museum's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Sundays 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays

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