Hill-Stead is the 30,000 sq ft home designed by the daughter of Alfred Atmore Pope, an industrialist and one of the earliest American collectors of French Impressionist art. Hill-Stead stands as one of the nation’s few remaining representations of early-20th-century Country Place Estates. The museum collection includes original furnishings and decorative arts, paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet, James M. Whistler and Mary Cassatt, as well as numerous works on paper and Japanese woodblock prints, sculpture, and more.
Pope was discerning in his choice of three-dimensional art, concentrating primarily on three types of sculpture: animal forms, ancient busts, and contemporary representations of the human figure. Key pieces in the collection include a ca. 180 AD Bust of Marcus Aurelius and small sculptures by Antoine-Louis Barye, and Alexander Stirling Calder.
Hill-Stead’s 152-acre historic landscape includes gardens, walking trails, and an historic farm.
Museum is a member of the CT Art Trail