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Guiding Yourself

There are a variety of ways for your enjoy your Hillwood experience at your own leisure. Choose to pick up a copy of the printed tour, a complimentary audio guide, or explore on your own to discover all the treasures that await you. 

Printed Tours

Hillwood offers a twenty-five-page printed tour guide that provides an overview of each mansion room and highlights significant art objects. The printed tour is perfect if you have limited time to visit, or simply wish to wander at your leisure. For our international visitors, it is offered in English, Russian, French, and Spanish.

Audio Tours

Complimentary audio guides are the most popular choice for getting immersed in the Hillwood experience. With detailed information about the mansion and gardens, the audio guide allows you to personalize your tour experience. Stops are self-selected, letting you choose information based on your interests and schedule. The audio guide also includes a children’s tour, ideal for our younger visitors

Topics covered on the audio guide:

  • Mansion (90 minutes)
  • Gardens (60 minutes)
  • Kings, Queens, & Soup Tureensa family tour highlighting of our French collection (45 minutes)
  • Treasures & Traditionshighlights of our Russian collection (45 minutes)
  • Russia: Stories of Hillwood's Russian Treasureschildren's tour (45 minutes)

Audio tours are currently available in English only.

For more in-depth information, including a brief history of Hillwood and its founder, purchase a copy of the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens book in the Museum Shop.

  • Front cover of Hillwood book

    Learn more with the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens book, available at the Museum Shop

  • South portico of the mansion at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    The South Portico in early spring. ©Maxwell MacKenzie

  • Pavilion in the mansion at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    The Pavilion

  • Faberge Snuffbox in the collection of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

    Snuffbox, Fabergé, 1886-1899