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The Philip Johnson Glass House

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Amazing architectural experience not to be missed!

The Glass House is a unique architectural wonder in the serene, picturesque town of New Canaan, CT... read more

Reviewed 17 November 2018
Cheshire, Connecticut
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Mid-century at its best!

This is a worthwhile trip. Try to pick a beautiful seasonal day to walk and stroll. The two hour... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2018
Simsbury, Connecticut
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Reviewed 17 November 2018 via mobile

The Glass House is a unique architectural wonder in the serene, picturesque town of New Canaan, CT. Experienced only by reserved tours, this house and surrounding properties reflect the mid-century creativity of Philip Johnson as he developed this weekend retreat from his life in NYC....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

This is a worthwhile trip. Try to pick a beautiful seasonal day to walk and stroll. The two hour tour was highly informative. The visitors center had an amazing assortment of unusual pieces for purchase. The video loops there were great. Our Guide, Susan, couldn’t...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

The cost is a little hight but you get a small group (13) tour for 2 hours. The guide was excellent.. answered all of the questions and provided interesting tid bits through out the tour. WELL worth the time and money if you have any...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

I learned about this house my freshman year of college and couldn't wait to visit it after finding out how close it was to school. The 2 hour (I think) tour was amazing, and our guide Laura was magnificent.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ATho1
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Location: Basically the visitor center is near the train station. Though we missed Elm Street, parking was easy and a short walk to the visitor center. Tour: Board a bus after a short introduction by our guide, Gwen, who starts by referencing a few of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

Take the train from the spectacular Grand Central station to New Canaan. Its only an hour or so and stops right outside the visitors centre associated with the glass house. The one hour tour was great and sufficient. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable with...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Philip Johnson's glass house is certainly different! To actually visit this forty nine acre site, which includes structures housing paintings and sculptures along with a home and office, you need to book in advance. Tours begin at the visitor's reception in New Canaan and you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 18 September 2018 via mobile

The Glass House was on my bucket list for years, and it exceeded expectations. The extended tour visits the major features of the property and allows ample time to take it all in.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Momoftwo06
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Johnson's glass house is on the must-see list of every thinking modernist, and it's well worth the trip (and hefty admission fee). We happened to be on the first tour of the day, which you should do if you can, since the house is empty...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Integration of home and environment. A lot to learn from the simplicity of design. This end result simplicity is not a prefecture of the thought and detail that went into design the land and the structure. It truly is a marvel even for those of...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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5 October 2018|
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Response from Maura L | Reviewed this property |
I'd allow at least 2 hours to tour the grounds. Enjoy!