Having visited the House on the Rock in the past, I pretty much knew what to expect. However, this was the first time visiting with children who were old enough to react to the house and the collections.
There is a very inviting new entrance to the attraction. I have to admit that I liked the old one better, as this one is a bit too "new and shiny." It doesn't really go with the feeling you get through the rest of the tour. That said, it is very nice and the gardens that were added between the new entrance and the entrance to the house itself are quite lovely.
The House -- "Is this a set from a movie?" you might find yourself wondering. "And is it from a 1970s adult film, from a horror movie, or both?" you might continue wondering. There really is no way to accurately describe the house, except to say that it truly is fascinating. Surprises around every corner. Beautiful Tiffany-style lamps and Asian art pieces abound. One note of caution: if you are even slightly above average male height (I'm 6'0"), be careful of low overhangs! I know there are several places you could hit your head on the ceiling quite easily.
The Collections -- Well, there's really something here to interest everyone. Guns, butterflies, bronzes, old apothecary items, cars, posters, dolls, mannequins, cannons, organs, model ships, a giant whale struggling with a squid, the world's largest carousel, automated music machines (some quite out of tune, but that almost makes it more interesting)... the list could go on and on. Some people will undoubtedly find this to be manic, or disconcerting, or even a bit disturbing. I think it's incredibly interesting.
So -- should you visit? ABSOLUTELY! It is a bit on the expensive side, but if you compare it to visiting a historic site and several museums, it's not that outrageous. It really is something special. Love it or hate it, the House on the Rock will surely leave an impression on you.
One tip -- if you stop at the Scenic Overlook on the highway that runs from the House on the Rock to Spring Green, you will get a lovely view of the Infinity Room jutting out over the trees.
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