The Philip Johnson Glass House

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The Philip Johnson Glass House

The Philip Johnson Glass House
4.5
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9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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dustythoughts
Manchester, CT1,623 contributions
This fantastic architectural beauty by architect Philip Johnson is absolutely worth a visit, especially on a sunny day when you can admire how the sun filters through the glass. You need to buy tickets in advance and can only walk around outside (they're not letting anyone inside the House yet due to COVID-19 restrictions), but with 49 acres, there's still plenty to see, including outdoor sculptures and other buildings, ponds, and nature's floral beauty. It's a serene, creative way to spend a day. Definitely bring good walking shoes, as the ground isn't always flat. Staff were very helpful about how to best enjoy the property.
Written May 16, 2021
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
We bought our timed tickets online, ($45 for 2 seniors) and drove directly to the site. Fortunately we were permitted to enter early showing our receipt at the 1995 "Da Monsta" entry building with no right angles. After inspecting the huge entry gate with its counterweighted white ship’s mast, we walked the curving lane down to the 1949 home with its 1954 pool. We knew about this architectural masterpiece but did not know of the other functional and contrasting structures; the 1949 988 sq. ft. Brick Guest House, the 1965 3778 sq. ft. underground Painting Gallery, the 1970 3650 sq. ft. Sculpture Gallery with a skylight roof and his 1980 384 sq. ft. Library. Plantings of white pines, rows of maple trees and a sculptured pond accent this previous 49 acre former dairy farm with its stacked stone walls intact. Excellent docents compliment the educational visit.
We then drove 2 miles into New Canaan to visit the Johnson Design Store with its wall of photos and videos of the overall project.
Written May 23, 2021
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LawGod2
Norwalk, CT179 contributions
You have to book these tickets far in advance, but they are a great gift for someone in your life who loves architecture and design. Give yourself plenty of time to see not just the glass house but all the other buildings (including one designed be Gehry), sculpture and art. As long as the weather is good you will have a great time. Bring bug/tick spray and maybe sunscreen as you will be outside most of the time.
Written April 25, 2020
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creakysusan
New York City, NY3 contributions
This is an extraordinary excursion for any lover of minimalist architecture, being surrounded by the beauty of nature, and design that is so aligned with function it is hard to believe possible. Philip Johnson really did create one of the wonders of the universe in this, his beloved, home. Our docent Marylou was clearly an enthusiastic admirer and she had a depth of knowledge that deepened our experience greatly.

The very next morning I found myself moving around furniture and paring down decorative touches in my home. Nice influence this man continues to make.
Written June 25, 2022
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John L
Fairfield, CT384 contributions
With C19 visitors are limited to the grounds but the upside is that you can freely roam the 49 acres. The property is filled with ups and downs, texture contrasts, beautiful trees and interesting sight lines. Not being able to go inside the house was somewhat disappointing but given that all walls are glass it's almost like being inside. Guides are positioned around the property to give directions and answer questions. Terri was very knowledgeable and helpful.A great way to spend an hour.
Written August 21, 2020
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LKM
New York City, NY196 contributions
Friends
A gorgeous site, eslecially on a sunny Sping day. Excellent docents. Fascinating architecture..and the Glass House is a wonder. Only outdoor access right now due to Covid..but worth a 2nd trip when the pandemic is behind us!
Written April 25, 2021
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RedTurtle91
Gladwyne, PA83 contributions
Couples
This is a stunning site, enhanced by the temporary Kusama installation. It's also extremely expensive. Here are some tips:

1. Read the website carefully to choose the best tour option for your interests. I selected the self-guided tour, which allows you to wander the site and visit all buildings and areas. The docents stationed throughout are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and friendly, so you have the opportunity to learn and ask questions without being limited to a set tour. Shuttles depart the Glass House and return to the Visitor Center every half hour, so you can stay as long as you like.

2. Book far in advance. Access is limited and routinely sells out.

3. Instructions with my online reservation said to arrive at the Visitor Center 20 minutes before my scheduled tour, but this was unnecessary. In fact, briefing for the tour and loading of the van from the Visitor Center to the site occurred 10 minutes AFTER the scheduled time. The van holds 14 passengers.

4. The Visitor Center is across the street from the train station and a short walk from the charming center of New Canaan, where you can enjoy a meal or snack before or after visiting the Glass House.

5. Parking in municipal lots near the Visitor Center is free on weekends.

If you can plan in advance and get over the sticker shock, the Glass House is a truly special place worth visiting.
Written September 10, 2016
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C A
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Couples
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 the tour, by the way. I know everything about this place, I don't want to hear it again. I wanted to go with my husband but thats $160. I think I am going to take my husband to dinner instead.
Written October 30, 2015
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Acmchik
54 contributions
Couples
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 things to say about the small glass box building Johnson built after 20 min and spent the rest of the time talking about his period spent in Canada while everyone stood around looking bored having photographed the house from every angle. The two hour tour was slightly better - it was certainly more informative but $50 to see a couple of other buildings together with the glass house was far too expensive and could have easily been done in an hour. I think you would go crazy on a three hour $75 self-guided tour. To add insult to injury when you book via their own website they add a $2.75 booking fee on top of the admission fee when there is no other way to gain admission.
Written October 23, 2015
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epm829
Shelton, CT6 contributions
Family
My 5 year old son was excited to see the glass house but was denied entry. We could not even look at it from the outside. This is a shame.
Written June 19, 2016
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  • Thu - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM


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