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Address: 99 Warren St., Brookline, MA
Phone Number: 617/566-1689
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Open to the walk in public Fridays and Saturdays during the fall/winter. Expanded hours in late-spring/summer. Please visit website or call for hours.

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How the business of landscape design got going in the US.

This is a National Park in a beautiful suburb of Boston. It is free to visit and take the tour led by a park ranger (ours was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
northern NJ
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northern NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a National Park in a beautiful suburb of Boston. It is free to visit and take the tour led by a park ranger (ours was very knowledgeable and had a good sense of humor, too.) I thought I knew all about Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of Landscape Architecture in the US, but I learned more. The tour... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were looking for a day-trip in the Boston area and found this site in the Boston Fodor's Guide. The exhibits about Olmsted's work are interesting, and the guided tour was very good; the guides are very knowledgeable. The rooms of the home/office contain the actual tables, chairs and "technology" of the time. The grounds are lovely and you can... More 

Thank biblios
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Fascinating visit (a few years ago) as to the planning and execution of Olmsted's outstanding horticulture architectural designs throughout the world. If you are visiting the City of Boston, it will be particularly interesting to then drive to the "Emerald Neckless".

Thank Jack F
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This is hidden gem of Boston and Brookline, very much like Frederick Olmsted was himself. The National Park Service and the volunteers are very well informed and give tours every hour, which goes through the rooms used by the draftsmen. Its fascinating to see the tools that used to be used by landscape architects. Since everything is so well preserved,... More 

Thank MissC8
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Amazing little museum! Does a great job teaching about landscape design and what it was like when Olmstead was working here in Boston. Fascinating for both adults and kids.

Thank Eve1232015
Newton, Massachusetts
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115 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This small museum run by the Park Service is a must-see for architects, landscape architects, urban designers, gardeners and anyone vaguely interested in the development of urban parkland over the 100-year history of the Olmstead firm. Tours of the building, principally the firm's office areas, last an hour, but visitors can explore and enjoy the lovely grounds on their own.

Thank aBoater
Boston, Massachusetts
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111 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Small museum based on home and office of Frederick Law Olmsted, the creative mind behind the Emerald Necklace, Central Park, World's End in Hingham, MA, and Stanford University campus grounds. This national park property is only two acres but shows representative design of FLO, as well as well preserved work spaces, Metropolis-era style. At one time there were over 70... More 

Thank CliffHugger
new york
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Birthplace of landscape architecture. It is open today, Sunday. Gorgeous grounds. Helpful tour and video. Bathrooms and air con

Thank nycmom22
Brookline, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This historic site is a very special place! FL Olmsted is the father of landscape architecture in America, and this was his work and office space. Learn how green space planning was done, and how Olmsted and his firm defined many of our open spaces. This is a little gem tucked in a beautiful Brookline neighborhood is worth a visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Was looking forward to a visit and a chance to view movie and perhaps a ranger led tour. On a beautiful October Sunday-no such luck. We were limited to walking the grounds for a quick peek. They need to rethink schedule here

Thank jfadds

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