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The Philip Johnson Glass House

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Address: 199 Elm St, New Canaan, CT 06840-5321
Phone Number: +1 203-594-9884
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full tour on a beautiful day

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
bluesberryguilford
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Guilford, Connecticut
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Guilford, Connecticut
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36 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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nyc
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Larchmont, New York
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63 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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.

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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!

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Hackettstown, New Jersey
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30 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Had a great tour today with my husband and two teenagers, 15 and 17, as a birthday present for my daughter. Anyone interested in architecture, design, nature, art etc would love this. The grounds are beautiful and because it was all adults, it was such a peaceful 2 hours where you can really enjoy the grounds and hear about the... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

We had often meant to visit the Glass House but never got around to it. We signed up for the two-hour tour - well worth it. Wonderful tour that combines history, architecture, paintings and sculpture. Philip Johnson created something new on the property each year so there is a lot to see. Very easy train ride from Grand Central in... More 

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