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The Philip Johnson Glass House

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Address: 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
Phone Number: (203) 594-9884
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Sun 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Mon 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Thu - Sat 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

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This is a must for those who are interested to learn about the modernist movement in the US. In the context of time, Philip Johnson's work is remarkable. The tours are... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Coconut Grove
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a must for those who are interested to learn about the modernist movement in the US. In the context of time, Philip Johnson's work is remarkable. The tours are thoughtful, well organized, and helpful in educating admirer's as to how the modernist's work in New Canaan came to influence architecture worldwide. The management of the site, the shop... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For those people who want to experience the height of midcentury modern architecture, this is a must-do. For the rest of us, it's an interesting (if overpriced) afternoon in lovely surroundings. The docents are knowledgeable. Be sure to arrive on time and to park your car in the lot across the street at the railroad station. You have to take... More 

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Stamford, Connecticut
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I were blown away. We took the 2 hour $50 tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and talked non-stop and we learned a ton about both the architect and the property. She also talked about why there are so many modern houses in New Canaan. The foliage was just past peak and still offered amazing views. It... More 

Thank StamfordBetty
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am a HUGE architecture nerd. It's always been a dream to visit this house. I went to art school and wrote a couple of papers on this house and finally decided to go see it. I just can't believe I am being charged $75 for a tour and on top of it, a $3 fee. You're forced to take... More 

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Wilton, Connecticut
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

It is so beautiful. The surrounding woods are a perfect setting for this magnificent masterpiece by Mr. Johnson. A must see.

Thank 618Debra
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Obviously this will be the essence of a "Transparent" experience in Modern Architecture. I am a fan of Phillip Johnson and used to go here as a child. It is a beautifully setting and a unique experience.

Thank deboraheliza
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52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

The glass house itself is spectacular and very worthwhile but the trustees need to urgently change the tour options available. My wife went on the one hour tour and I tried the two hour tour. The one hour tour was relatively cheap ($25) but for some ridiculous reason is restricted to the glass house. The tour guide ran out of... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

If you are into art and architecture, the tour of Philip Johnson’s estate and glass house is a wonderful adventure. I took the morning Glass House plus galleries tour. The two hour tour includes a 10 minute bus ride to the property from downtown New Canaan. Our tour group was very small, about 10 people which was perfect. We had... More 

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new york
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38 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I drove by this site for 10+ years before booking a tour. I live locally and I am surrounded by gorgeous modern architecture all over Pound Ridge, NY and New Canaan and I sell real estate in both places. But seeing Philip Johhnson, and his masterful works was enlightening and enjoyable and well worth the effort. What most do not... More 

Thank jkjdkc
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

My sister and I were in Connecticut a few years ago and could not get tickets to see the Glass House. So this time when we knew we would be in the vicinity, we planned this into our trip. We are very glad that we did. You learn about the architect, see his property and outdoor sculptures from his perspective,... More 

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