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Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site Tao House

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Address: Danville, CA 94526
Phone Number: 925-838-0249
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The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill is open to the public for tours.

The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill is open to the public for tours.

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Lovely place at top of the ridge

This is my special walk to place when the weather is mild and air clean. You can see forever in to the Diablo Valley. The tour is great to view the Tao house. Hearing what life... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
stmurphy314
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Danville, California
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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This is my special walk to place when the weather is mild and air clean. You can see forever in to the Diablo Valley. The tour is great to view the Tao house. Hearing what life was like in the 1930's brings perspective into life today. Tour bus advised for most. Enjoy!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Before deciding to go to this home, be sure to look online first to find out about open days/ hours, guided vs. self-guided tours, reservations, transportation (by shuttle from downtown Danville), and so on. Occasionally, plays are performed in a nearby barn by local groups, and this also can affect scheduling. The home of playwright Eugene O'Neill and wife #3... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

MUST have reservation except for Saturday. You need to be driven to the site by the Park Ranger. We had Tad who was prompt ,courteous and led a wonderful tour. The area is Las Trampas which means in the hills. The house has very little furniture from the time Eugene O'Neill was writing here but the pieces they do have... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

The Tao House is a fascinating glimpse at the writer Eugene O'Neill's life while he was writing his most famous plays. Chaplin, Ingrid Bergman and other Hollywood luminaries all visited O'Neill here.

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Danville, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

My friend and I brought our kids here on an outing. You have to take a bus from the San Ramon History Museum so be sure to check the schedule. The tour was self guided with signs in the rooms and then you could stroll the grounds. We enjoyed the beautiful location and even had an extra attraction as there... More 

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Alamo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I went here with a civic leadership group and spent the day doing arts advocacy development exercises. I kept thinking to myself, "How can I rent this out for my next birthday?" For anyone who loves art, literature, history, this is a perfect place to host a smallish group for a unique experience. I don't think they rent it out... More 

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Danville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

I visited Tao House many year's ago now on a tour with my garden club. When I became a Master Gardener we worked a lot on the garden and keeping the grounds looking nice. This is well worth visiting.

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Our group arranged to hold a meeting in the old barn, and then tour the house with the ranger docent. This is one of those hidden gems that while it takes some effort to get there is well worth the while.

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San Francisco Bay Area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Wonderful historic place to visit...and it's all free! Amazing views of the valley from high in the hills....great bonus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

An important site in the Eugene O'Neill world, this home in the hills is where he wrote some of his best plays. You take a park shuttle from the town below with a ranger, who gives the tour of the house. The view alone, even if you're not an O'Neill fan, is worth the trip. And since it's a National... More 

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