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New Canaan's Glass House Introduces Self-Guided Tours

The Glass House in New Canaan will now offer self-guided tours.
The Glass House in New Canaan will now offer self-guided tours. Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- For the first time, visitors will be able to take self-guided tours of Philip Johnson's Glass House.

Beginning Thursday, May 1, visitors can choose between the traditional guided tours or view the property at their own pace, spending as much time as they wish in the house and several other Johnson-designed buildings on the 49-acre grounds.

The sites include the underground Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, the Library, "Da Monsta" (a collection of sculptures), and the lower landscape's Pond Pavilion and Lincoln Kirstein Tower. Glass House guides will be available to provide background and answer questions.

Johnson built the iconic house as his weekend retreat in 1949. The all-glass, one-room home was designed to use the surrounding landscape as "wallpaper."

The house was named a National Historic Landmark in 1997. Johnson turned the house over to the National Trust before his death in 2005, and it was opened to the public in 2007.

Self-guided tours will be $75, while guided tours cost $250.

For information or tour reservations, visit or call 866-811-4111.

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