Plan Your Visit
Important Arrival + Parking Information
We look forward to welcoming you to the Philip Johnson Glass House located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The 49-acre site contains 14 structures including the architect’s personal residence – the Glass House. Tours of the Glass House site run annually from May 1 to November 30 (closed Tuesday and Wednesday). Tickets are required for admission and advance reservations are highly recommended. All ticket sales are final. Members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation will receive a
$15 discount on Pure Glass House and Site Tour tickets. Please present
your NTHP membership card upon check-in at the Visitor Center to receive
All tours begin at the Visitor Center located at 199 Elm Street in downtown New Canaan, CT. The Visitor Center is located directly across from the New Canaan train station. Walk towards the brick building, bear right, and walk to the rear of the parking lot. Enter the Visitor Center down the ramp to the left. Please check-in 20 minutes prior to the start of your tour.
Current Site Preservation Work:
The Brick House remains closed for restoration. Learn more about this project here.
Important Notice: Public parking is NOT available at the Visitor Center. Parking is located one block from the Visitor Center in three municipal metered lots. We urge you to purchase a daily parking pass ($3.00 each) if you are visiting the Glass House on a weekday. If you do not purchase a pass, you will need quarters for metered parking, at a rate of $.50/hour. Parking passes are available at the time of ticket purchase, when you buy your Glass House tickets online, or by telephone (203-594-9884 x0). Passes allow all-day parking and the ability to enjoy downtown New Canaan restaurants and shops at your leisure. Parking passes are not necessary for weekend or evening tours. Guests with special needs guests should contact Glass House in advance to arrange for use of our extremely limited parking spaces.
Check-in: Please arrive at the Visitor Center at least 20-minutes prior to your scheduled tour departure to check-in.
A wide selection of architecture, landscape, and design books are available in the Visitor Center + Design Store. Remember to bring your online ticket code or a print-out of your confirmation.Dress Code + Weather: Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and comfortable shoes for walking outdoors.
Site and Extended Tours include a 3/4 mile (1.2 km) walk through the site including hills, grass, and gravel paths. Terrain is uneven in places. Tours take place rain or shine. In the event of rain, umbrellas are provided for visitor use.Extreme Weather Policy:
The Glass House is primarily an outdoor experience and the safety of our guests is paramount. While tours will run rain or shine, in the case of extreme weather (severe thunderstorms and lightning, tornado warnings, snow, ice) tours may be interrupted, delayed or cancelled. Visitor Center staff will do their best to give advance notice, but this is not always possible. In the event that the Glass House cancels your tour for weather-related issues, we will endeavor to reschedule for a convenient date and time. If rescheduling a tour cancelled by the Glass House is not possible, the Glass House will offer visitors a refund for their tickets.
Children: Tours are recommended for children ages 10 and above based on tour content and duration.
For the comfort and safety of all visitors, children must be six years of age to accompany adults on a Glass House tour. All children must have a tour ticket and be supervised by an adult at all times. Children requiring car seats (per CT State law: under six years old or under 60 pounds) are not allowed as the Glass House operating permit requires all visitors to be transported to the site in a Glass House shuttle. Private cars and car seats can not be accommodated for safety reasons.Accessibility: The Glass House welcomes all visitors, but please note the tour is a walk of 3/4 miles in uneven terrain with limited seating.
Please alert the Glass House staff of any special needs in advance of your visit so we are best able to serve you. Limited parking is available at the Visitor Center for guests with special needs; please contact us in advance to arrange for a space. If necessary, a motorized cart (driven by a staff member) is available for guests.
Site RulesFlash photography, pets, and outside food and beverages (besides bottled water) are not permitted
. All visitors must be accompanied by a guide or staff member at all times while on-site. Photography
Photography is allowed on all tours for personal use only
. No flash photography, tripods or video recording are allowed on Glass House tours. Photography may not
be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Glass House. Individuals interested in arranging for professional photo or video shoots should contact Christa Carr, Director of Communications, at email@example.com
or 203.275.7565. Cellular Phones
The use of cellular phones is not permitted during tours. Food and Drink
Outside food and beverages are not permitted at the Glass House. Bottled water is available for purchase in the Glass House Store. No Smoking
Smoking is not permitted during tours.Transportation
All tours begin at the Glass House Visitor Center, located at 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT. The Visitor Center is located directly across the street from the New Canaantrain station.
Please note all visitors must arrive and depart the site with Glass House staff in a shuttle. Visitors who approach the site directly in private vehicles will be routed back to the Visitor Center by site managers.Train
Transportation by train is easily accessible from New York City and the eastern seaboard along the Metro North New Haven line
.CarDirectionsNote there is no parking at the Glass House Visitor Center. Find a parking map here
.From the North: Merritt Parkway CT Rt. 15 South toward New York City.
Exit 37 (New Canaan, Darien, Rt. 124). Turn left onto South Avenue (Rt. 124) and proceed two miles to town center. Turn left onto Elm Street. The Visitor Center is located at 199 Elm Street.
ORI-95 South to Exit 11 (Darien / Rowayton).
Turn right onto Boston Post Road / Rt. 1. Turn left onto Mansfield Avenue and proceed five miles north to the New Canaan town center. (Please note that Mansfield Avenue becomes South Avenue upon entering New Canaan). Turn left onto Elm Street. The Visitor Center is located at 199 Elm Street.From the South:Hutchinson River Parkway North to Merritt Parkway CT Rt. 15 North toward New Haven.
Exit 37 (New Canaan, Darien, Rt. 124). Turn left onto South Avenue (Rt. 124) and proceed two miles to the New Canaan town center. Turn left onto Elm Street. The Visitor Center is located at 199 Elm Street.
ORI-95 North to Exit 11 (Darien / Rowayton).
Turn left onto Boston Post Rd / Rt. 1. Turn left onto Mansfield Avenue and proceed five miles north to the New Canaan town center. (Please note that Mansfield Avenue becomes South Avenue upon entering New Canaan). Turn left onto Elm Street. The Visitor Center is located at 199 Elm Street.
Questions? Please contact:
Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store
199 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840