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“A Lovely House”
Review of Hill-Stead Museum

Hill-Stead Museum
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Owner description: This museum houses a large collection of French Impressionist paintings.
Suffield ,Connecticut
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41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“A Lovely House”
Reviewed March 25, 2012

An interesting house that has beautiful furnishings and lovely grounds.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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493 reviews
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“Lovely day out, impressive house, and focused collection”
Reviewed March 25, 2012

Our family with young children enjoyed our visit. The tour guide was wonderful and staff in the gift shop equally attentive and helpful. The hour tour was starting to stretch the attention spans of our younger children but they both enjoyed it. The house is impressive and the art collection, mostly focused on french impressionists, is quite good. We also enjoyed hiking on various trails around the grounds... there were a few muddy patches but both kids listed that as part of their favorite thing. We will go again.

Visited March 2012
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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“Great history”
Reviewed March 23, 2012

What a great place. So cool to see how the wealthy lived back in the day. See if you can get a peek in the third floor. I hear its haunted!

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new hampshire
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86 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Beautifully preserved home and collection”
Reviewed March 21, 2012

We went to Hill-Stead expecting a museum emphasizing Impressionist art; what we found was somewhat different but no less interesting. Hill-Stead was the summer home of a retired industrialist and his wife, designed in great detail by their architect daughter, and furnished with their collection of art, sculpture, imported ceramics, textiles, antique furniture, and so forth. Everything in the house today is part of the family collection, and is displayed exactly as the family would have shown it. The actual number of Impressionist paintings on display is not large (contrary to TripAdvisor's own description) but it includes works by Monet, Manet, Degas (paintings and sculpture), and Mary Cassatt, plus Whistler, whom the owner knew personally. Interestingly, the art is never allowed out on loan, so these pieces can only be seen at Hill-Stead. The large house is Neo-colonial in style, built about 1900, and beautifully located on a hillside above Farmington. The collection can only be seen via a guided tour, our tour guide was excellent, and she answered our many questions. There are gardens also, but as we visited in March, there was nothing to see there.

Visited March 2012
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Connecticut
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Absolutely worth a visit!”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

A wonderful place! There is something here for everyone....from Monet's you've not seen before, formal gardens and woodland trails, antique furniture, china a glassware, prints, docent-led tours, an intriguing, small gift shop and in summer a small cafe. Less than 5 minutes from I-84 and close to first-class restaurants. Well worth a visit.

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