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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site Tao House

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Address: Danville, CA 94526
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+1 925-838-0249

The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill is open to the public for tours.

The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill is open to the public for tours.

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Beautiful House

NPS shuttle arrived early and left on time from Danville. We went on a Saturday so we were able to explore the grounds first and then have a more personal experience in the home... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bel Air, Maryland
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Bel Air, Maryland
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128 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

NPS shuttle arrived early and left on time from Danville. We went on a Saturday so we were able to explore the grounds first and then have a more personal experience in the home. Well preserved and the accompanying ranger was fantastic.

Thank ssdirotm
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

The best location, the best house in Danville. Complete with the rich, legendary history of America's greatest playwright and the only Nobel Prize winning resident of San Ramon Valley. I have been lucky enough to have seen an O'Neill play ("Moon for the Misbegotten") performed in the barn. The tour guides are outstanding in every way.

Thank rocor335
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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250 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2016

.....you need to know something about Eugene O'Neill's history and life. That said, this was a fascinating visit to the ho,e where he wrote two of his classics, " The Iceman Cometh" and "Long Days Journey into Night" The home's setting was beautiful as it sits atop a majestic hill overlooking a wonderful valley. The house combines an unusual mix... More 

Thank Stephen F
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263 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Terrific tour of O'Neill's house. Worthy of a trek up and a valid way to be sure that the house remains available for public visits.

Thank LaBernardi
Danville, California
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

This is my special walk to place when the weather is mild and air clean. You can see forever in to the Diablo Valley. The tour is great to view the Tao house. Hearing what life was like in the 1930's brings perspective into life today. Tour bus advised for most. Enjoy!

Thank stmurphy314
San Jose, California
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145 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Before deciding to go to this home, be sure to look online first to find out about open days/ hours, guided vs. self-guided tours, reservations, transportation (by shuttle from downtown Danville), and so on. Occasionally, plays are performed in a nearby barn by local groups, and this also can affect scheduling. The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill and wife #3... More 

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575 reviews
134 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016

MUST have reservation except for Saturday. You need to be driven to the site by the Park Ranger. We had Tad who was prompt ,courteous and led a wonderful tour. The area is Las Trampas which means in the hills. The house has very little furniture from the time Eugene O'Neill was writing here but the pieces they do have... More 

Thank ReddyBro
Danville, California
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 28 June 2016

The Tao House is a fascinating glimpse at the writer Eugene O'Neill's life while he was writing his most famous plays. Chaplin, Ingrid Bergman and other Hollywood luminaries all visited O'Neill here.

Thank wytoca
Danville, California
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76 reviews
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Reviewed 5 May 2016

My friend and I brought our kids here on an outing. You have to take a bus from the San Ramon History Museum so be sure to check the schedule. The tour was self guided with signs in the rooms and then you could stroll the grounds. We enjoyed the beautiful location and even had an extra attraction as there... More 

Thank Andrea H
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2016

I went here with a civic leadership group and spent the day doing arts advocacy development exercises. I kept thinking to myself, "How can I rent this out for my next birthday?" For anyone who loves art, literature, history, this is a perfect place to host a smallish group for a unique experience. I don't think they rent it out... More 

Thank Marilyn C

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