October is beautiful at Hillwood

Hillwood Museum

October is here! Explore the vibrant fall gardens, view a beautiful exhibition, and enjoy all Hillwood has to offer. There is something for everyone, in person and from home.

On View

Glass: Art. Beauty. Design.
Through January 14, 2024

Transparent or opaque, fragile yet impervious, glass has inspired artists and designers, stimulated scientists and engineers, and captivated collectors with its beauty and practicality. Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was no exception, and she amassed over 1,600 pieces of glass, created in the 17th-20th centuries in Western Europe, Russia, and the United States. This special exhibition highlights this lesser-known aspect of Hillwood’s collection, featuring a range of styles and techniques, while placing the historic creations in dialogue with astounding contemporary artworks.

Featuring more than 300 items, ranging from the 2nd century to today, the exhibition demonstrates the innovation and talent of artists and designers throughout the world working with the challenging medium of glass and why the material continues to intrigue and inspire. See glass in a new light through the finest examples of vases, chandeliers, drinkware, sculpture, and more.



Preschool Program | Perfect Patterns
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, October 11, 2023, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Experience the wonder of Hillwood with your preschooler! Explore a new theme each week through make-believe, hands-on art-making, and imaginative play.


Gardener's Focus Tour | Plants of the Fall
Tuesday, October 10 and 17, 2023, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
Friday, October 13 and 20, 2023, 2:30-3:15 p.m.

Jessica Bonilla, director of horticulture, highlights her favorite features of the fall gardens and shares first-hand stories of practical gardening lessons.


Glass: Art. Beauty. Design. Lecture Series
Explore the fascinating world of glass in this lecture series inspired by the exhibition Glass: Art. Beauty. Design.
Please note: The first program in this series took place in September.

A Virtual Studio Visit with Artist Beth Lipman
Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Artist Beth Lipman, whose sculpture Miles’ Law is on view in Hillwood’s first floor library, will share her Wisconsin studio, providing a look at her artistic practice and several upcoming commissions.


A Conversation with Artists Joyce J. Scott and Tim Tate
Tuesday, October 17, 2023, 5:30-8:15 p.m.

Join Joyce J. Scott and Tim Tate, contemporary artists featured in the exhibition Glass: Art. Beauty. Design., for a conversation about their work, their pieces on display at Hillwood, and artistic collaboration.


Glass: Art. Beauty. Design.: Hillwood's Glass Collection with Wilfried Zeisler
Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 5:30-8 p.m.

Wilfried Zeisler, chief curator, will explore the stories behind the acquisitions of magnificent pieces from Marjorie Post’s glass collection, from monumental Baccarat candelabras to rare sets used while entertaining.


Girl Scout Outdoor Art Workshop
Saturday, October 14, 2023, 10:30 a.m.-Noon and 2:30-4 p.m.

Calling all Brownies and Juniors! Earn your Girl Scout Outdoor Art badge as you embark on a self-guided adventure exploring Hillwood’s gardens and engaging in hands-on art-making.


Spooky Pooch Howl-o-ween Celebration
Saturday, October 21, 2023, 4-6 p.m.

Hightail it to Hillwood with your four-legged friend for some Halloween fun! Explore the gardens and participate in the annual costume competition.


Preschool Program | Fall Fun!
Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Experience the wonder of Hillwood with your preschooler! Explore a new theme each week through make-believe, hands-on art-making, and imaginative play.


Gardener's Focus Tour | Specialty Mums
Wednesday, October 25, 2023, 2:30-3 p.m.
Friday, October 27, 2023, 2:30-3 p.m.

Join Jarett Currin, greenhouse grower, to learn how Hillwood continues the fifty-five-year tradition of propagating mums for Hillwood.


Virtual Floral Design | Chrysanthemums
Friday, October 27, 2023, 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Join Ami Wilber, floral and event décor designer, to create a beautiful arrangement featuring unique specialty mums, inspired by Marjorie Merriweather Post’s love of chrysanthemums.



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