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The Philip Johnson Glass House

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Address: 199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT 06840-5321
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Tour is terrific. More than the glasshouse. 4 other buildings. Each has a special use. The history is very interesting. Some walking required. Will go back.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stan K
Vero Beach, Florida
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Vero Beach, Florida
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tour is terrific. More than the glasshouse. 4 other buildings. Each has a special use. The history is very interesting. Some walking required. Will go back.

Thank Stan K
New York City, New York
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22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

If you're interested in mid-Century Modern, the Glass House is an absolute must-see. Be sure to request a tour which includes the art collection and sculpture buildings

Thank T A R
Guilford, Connecticut
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55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

Wife scheduled this tour for a Monday morning and it was well attended. We had seen a documentary on Johnson prior to the tour and both were excellent....recommend the longer tour, not just the house....much more to Johnson's thought process......quite a nice thing for Connnecticut....tour guide was excellent and tour was pretty easy.....try to go in nice weather....views are excellent,... More 

2 Thank bluesberryguilford
Stamford, Connecticut
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016

I have been fascinated by this house since I was a student in architecture school many years ago. I finally was able to take a tour of it last fall. You have to book your visit ahead of time and you park in the town of New Canaan, check in at the gift shop/gallery and are taken by van to... More 

Thank Yvette N
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I grew up in New Canaan, leaving in the early 1970’s, but had never seen the glass house in person as it was rarely open to the public. Finally got in and it was spectacular along with the grounds. Lynn was my docent and brought everything to life. I don't know how you can give a guided tour for 2... More 

1 Thank Barry D
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 September 2016

The Glass House is really a collection of varied architectural structures separated from one another by Johnson's curated walks through nature. Starting right at the gate/entrance, he meticulously orchestrated every "natural" vista and building, outside and in. As a result, we felt it is both peaceful and jaunty. We also had the pleasure of Yayoi Kasuma's work in tandem; the... More 

1 Thank nycmoodle
Philadelphia, PA
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71 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

This is a stunning site, enhanced by the temporary Kusama installation. It's also extremely expensive. Here are some tips: 1. Read the website carefully to choose the best tour option for your interests. I selected the self-guided tour, which allows you to wander the site and visit all buildings and areas. The docents stationed throughout are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and... More 

2 Thank RedTurtle91
Larchmont, New York
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67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

After 26 years in Westchester I went to this house today and enjoyed a splendid jewel of a day . Fabulous house and history . Great art . Great Tour . Great Tour guide Great gift shop . Who knew this existed ? After the museum a nice lunch in town of New Canaan and we had a "vacation "... More 

Thank Joan P
New Canaan, Connecticut
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a great destination for anyone that is in the New Canaan area. Not just for lovers of architecture and nature, the glass house has something for just about anyone.

Thank tedsibilia
Annapolis, Maryland
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Finally got to visit the Glass House! Traveled from DC area to see this historical gem. Fascinating tour with a docent who was an architect and well informed. The three hour tour, was expensive, yet I'm an art historian and companion being an architech it was worth it!

Thank 13ahr69

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