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“Degas in the Living Room” 5 of 5 stars
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Hill-Stead Museum
35 Mountain Rd., off Route 10, Farmington, CT 06032
860-677-4787
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of French Impressionist paintings.
New York City, New York
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“Degas in the Living Room”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

My goodness--the masterworks of art here were a joy to behold in an actual home, instead of a museum. Stunning works by so many masters. Tour guide was quite knowledgeable, personable, and quite patient with our numerous patients. Gave us a very helpful tip, too, for lunch. Go during the week--it's quiet. We even wound up with our "own" tour, no one else there. Worth the visit if you're into impressionist art, architecture, decor, furnishings. The grounds are so beautiful, too. The only con was the sunken garden--disappointing, ordinary.

Visited July 2014
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Effort, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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“worth the trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Having been to many museums, I felt that this one gave a little more freedom to roam the areas on display, than most. The docent, Vanessa, was very well schooled on the main topic of this museum, which is the artwork. The grounds are not elaborate, but offer an impressive view. Not being an art-lover myself, I was satisfied to see the architecture and furnishings of the period. They offer a bigger discount for the AAA card than the senior discount, for those of us that have both. It was an enjoyable hour and a half.

Visited July 2014
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Boskoop, The Netherlands
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“Loved every minute off it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

I like to visit old houses and this one has something extra, some great paintings from Degas, Monet and Manet. The tour was well conducted by a lady who knew her business. House is located on a great spot to walk around in the sun and an absolute must see if you like history, strong women and impressionism. Fee is 15 dollar each.

Visited July 2014
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Goldens Bridge, New York
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“Country elegance amid the Impressionists”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Elegant home and grounds with informative tour. Small collection of Impressionist paintings is a real treat. You can picnic on the grounds and this is worth a drive if art and restored homes are on your radar.

Visited June 2014
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CT
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“One of the most interesting home museums in the world”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The house was designed by one of America's first female architects, Theodate Pope Riddel. It is a fabulous example of Colonia Revival. Gardens also beautiful and the summer poetry readings attract large crowds. The furnishings in the mansion are beautiful but the collection of Impressionist art is incomparable, and never allowed to leave the building so seen only here. Easy access off I-84.

Visited October 2013
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