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“An actual dream comes to life”
Review of House on the Rock

House on the Rock
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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.
Hobart, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“An actual dream comes to life”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

This attraction was amazing! Well worth the drive to get there. You could spend almost a full day here. Stroll thru and look at everything slowly so you do not miss anything. It is broken into 3 sections,if you leave one section you cannot go back,so see everything before leaving to move on.You will be completly awed by everything here.His collection is vast and has something for everyone. This man loved music and it shows. You will be completly blown away by the merry go round. Go slow enjoy all exhibits. Bob Anderson

Visited September 2012
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Grey Eagle, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
601 reviews
215 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 629 helpful votes
“MUCH BETTER THAN I EXPECTED”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

We spent a wonderful 5 hours here. We went in Sept.so that it would not be too busy. We talked with people from all over the U.S. Everyone was just as impressed as we were and you just can't help talking with the person next to you. When I walked into the carousel room I just couldn't get over how spectacular it was. My husband had to tell me to close my mouth-I was in such awe. The motion and music never stop. The room is HUGE and is several stories high--if you look to your right and go up a small set of stairs there is a carousel horse with a step in front of it--if you get up on it close your eyes and you will feel like you are riding on the carousel. I even made my husband do it--it was FUN. The whole story about the collections and the house itself is remarkable. We had a lovely lunch in a beautiful room with a snack bar on the 3rd tour. Everything is beautiful----l EVEN THE BATHROOMS ARE SURPRISING- especially the ladies on the 3rd tour next to the snack bar room. I had heard about this place for many years and now I understand why everyone loved it. This man had a thing for merry-go-round figures and horses---HORSES and MORE HORSES EVERYWHERE--I can't imagine where he found so many carousels. Kids would not appreciate this wonderful experience --they would find it boring. WE LOVED IT.

Visited September 2012
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Memphis, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
47 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lots and Lots to See, Fascinating, Unique”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

From the outside, even the brochures don't do this attraction justice. It has so much to see and absorb that you need to plan to spend at least 3 to 4 hours there. The beauty of the room that was built to jut out over the rocks is amazing. The fact that this was built in the rocks and how it twists and turns throughout the whole maze is hard to comprehend until you walk through it. There are so many different exhibits to see and so much to observe, that trying to remember all the different parts is difficult.

If you want to visit something that you won't see anywhere else, then you must go visit. It's definitely worth an afternoon visit.

Visited July 2012
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Schaumburg, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Interesting but weird..”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

The house itself is interesting to see, how it is built on rocks and around trees. However it is a petty you cannot see it from the outside, inside it is very dark with many narrow passage ways. The collection of mechanically operated musical instruments is nice, and some of the settings, such as the entire orchestra playing in a large room are very impressive. Overall it seems like a too large collection of 'a little bit of everything', and for me it took too long to walk through the whole thing.

Visited August 2012
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Alexandria, VA
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Disturbing”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

The entry building and oriental garden are lovely, but the visitor never sees the house in its natural environment at all. One treks along covered raised walkways and suddenly you're in the gatehouse, then more walkways and this is the house itself. The house, in five elements: fake forest, dim stained glass, wooden screens, rock, too much carpet on every surface. But THEN - the collections are just disturbing. They are massed, not selectively collected, and displayed in such poor lighting it's like a haunted house.

Visited August 2012
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