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“Eccentric House and Strange Collections” 5 of 5 stars
Review of House on the Rock

House on the Rock
5754 Highway 23, Spring Green, WI 53588
608-935-3639
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Owner description: You have to walk on a ramp through the treetops to reach the entrance of this remarkable house, built in the 1940s.
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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“Eccentric House and Strange Collections”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

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.

Visited October 2012
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Germantown, Wisconsin
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“Mezmorizing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

I was a young kid the last time I've been to the House on the Rock. While there was much that was the same, it still provided a level of excitement to see all the wonderfully amazing yet strange items that the House on the Rock Offers. It's still an amazing masterpiece on how the House was actually constructed on the Rock albeit a little "dingy." They've added a very nice entrance and new attractions to complement the older ones. We wished the lighting was better throughout all of the inside attractions as it gave off an eery cold feel, and a good number of the machines were not operating. Nonetheless, this is an attraction that is a must see given all the wonderul artificats and history pieces, and ones vision (Alex Jordan) to provide a unique and truly different experience. We did the tour in about 3 hours, but kind of skimmed through the 3rd leg of the tour. I would recommend setting aside about 4 hours to take everything in. We will probably go back in another 10-15 years!

Visited October 2012
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Wichita, Kansas
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“Awesome”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

This place is chock full of unbelievable collections. Due to time restraints, we only took one tour. It would take several hours and miles of walking to take all three tours. In some areas, the collections seemed to be thrown together without any actual connection and many were not labeled but, overall, it was awesome and we were not disappointed.

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Naperville, Illinois
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“Completely fascinating and crazy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

Really fun, lots of walking, cafes offered at strategic points in the tour (a very nice looking one is called Inspiration Point ... we didn't last long enough to go to that one). Only drawback is that you shouldn't expect museum-quality exhibits -- the collections are displayed largely without labeling or comment. This can be frustrating, especially in the model ship collection. Still, time well spent!

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“Can't Understand the Appeal”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

As a Wisconsin resident who had never been there, I had been told repeatedly that I must go, so on a rainy day, I finally did. The amount of stuff there is overwhelming, almost to the point of making one dizzy. Things aren't labeled so one can tell the reproduction artifacts from the genuine in the various collections. The self-playing instruments were wildly out-of-tune in some rooms, making for a most unpleasant listening experience. The ventilation is quite uneven, making it very stuffy in some areas. So now I can say I've been there, but I wouldn't send anyone else there.

Visited September 2012
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