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The Philip Johnson Glass House

199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
(203) 594-9884
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in New Canaan
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings
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Aurora
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48 reviews 48 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

You get to tour all the buildings on the property (there are quite a few besides "the House" itself) and understand the design concept behind the site. It's all interesting and informative -- even for non-architecture people. Landscape architecture folk will also like it. The docents who lead your group are informed and dedicated. Tip: schedule lunch in downtown New... More

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Stamford, Connecticut, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

fabulous tour of the Glass House last fall. Must call for tix in advance. Beautiful grounds, artwork, architecture- perfect on a great fall day! Great docent too.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The tickets on weekends sell out a couple of weeks in advance, but we were able to get the 2hr site tour for a Saturday a few weeks in advance. I didn't know much about Philip Johnson, but the tour was designed to talk about his life and works that it was helpful. Apparently if you are an Architect, you... More

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Newton, MA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Our guide was a fount of knowledge and made the experience great. I'm no expert on architecture, but I found this visit very worthwhile.

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Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This was my third visit to Glass House, and it's spectacular as ever. Our guide, Catherine, was outstanding. Loved the "fog" temporary art exhibition this summer. Hope they get funding to re-open the brick house, which I enjoyed seeing on previous visits. I brought my 57-year-old sister, my college-aged nephew, and my 12-year-old daughter. We all loved it.

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Bolton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I have just fulfilled a life-long ambition of visiting Philip Johnson’s Glass House. It did not disappoint. The tour guide, Kevin, was very knowledgeable and articulate. The whole experience was a delight and the tour was seamless in its execution.

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Philadelphia
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198 reviews 198 reviews
40 attraction reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We signed up for the two hour tour of this famous house and it was well worth it. The guide was very informative and we were able to see many of the buildings on the property as well as the famous Glass House. Reminder - for those with walking issues one can arrange to be taken by a small cart.... More

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jcbexleyoh
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

July 2014 visit was enhanced by the artist Fujiko Nakaya's Fog installation. Try to go while it is still there. Seeing this iconic glass house engulfed in fog is mesmerizing. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable. Arrive 30 minutes early to find your parking (it's all off-site - the parking and visitor's center in New Cannan's lovely downtown,) and use the... More

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New York City, New York
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you are at all interested in art or architecture, do take a tour of The Glass House. Our tour guide, Amy, was a wealth of information and so enthusiastic during our two-hour tour. The property and structures are one-of-a-kind. We were fortunate enough to catch the site-specific installation, "Fog"--truly incredible, interactive experience. Parking is off site from the visitor's... More

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Mountainside, New Jersey
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The 2 hour guided tour of the house, art galleries and property is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. There are very interesting and informative videos at the visitor center, where the tour begins with an introductory talk by the guide. A shuttle takes each group to the property, where your knowledgeable guide shows you around. There is ample... More

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