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New Tour and Exhibit Debut at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

New Tour and Exhibit Debut at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Philip Johnson’s Glass House, in New Canaan, Connecticut—which opens for the season today, May 1—is offering self-guided tours ($75) for the first time.

Visitors, annotated map in hand, can take their time exploring the legendary all-glass, one-room landmark, as well as the other Johnson-designed structures (including painting and sculpture galleries, the Pond Pavilion, and the Lincoln Kirstein Tower) on the 49-acre grounds. Guides will also be on site to answer any questions. Note that self-guided tours are only offered on select dates (one Thursday and one Saturday per month), and guided tours are still available.

Another Glass House milestone that’s launching this season: the new Fujiko Nakaya: Veil exhibit, the first-ever site-specific project to engage the house itself. The Japanese artist known for his fog sculptures will wrap the property in a dense mist, created by fresh water pumped at high pressure through 600 nozzles. Once an hour, the house will be completely enveloped and disappear from sight; those on the inside will lose that sense of being outdoors for which the Glass House is known.

Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.

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