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Taliesin House Tour

Taliesin, the most personal of Wright’s masterpieces, was constructed of simple, inexpensive materials – limestone and sandstone quarried nearby, plaster, and wood. Wright built the house over 48 years, and never stopped adding to it or changing it until he died. Often described as more of a village on a hill than a home, the house seems to grow from the site, with vistas of the surrounding countryside to the east and an intimate hill garden to the west.

One of the many highlights your group will enjoy is the 28’ x 36’ living room, a masterful interplay of vertical and horizontal spaces, flooded with light from banks of windows overlooking the valley and water gardens below. Next to the house, connected to it by a covered breezeway, is Wright’s 24’ x 30’ personal studio.

A tour of Taliesin, filled with Wright’s furnishings and art collections, will provide your group with an intimate glimpse into the life of America’s greatest architect.

House Tour Information

Group Size: 21 or more participants. Reservations are required. No children under 10 years old permitted on the House Tour.

Tour Schedule:  

May 1 - October 31: Call for tour times.

Allow about 2 hours to complete the tour plus time for restrooms and shopping.

Tour Cost:
$45 per person if the group has 21 people or more. If the group has less than 21 people, the charge is $50 per person.

Confirmation: After you reserve, we will send you a tentative reservation form. Please read it carefully. Your reservation will be confirmed only after you have returned this form to Taliesin Group Tours along with your current count, signature and 20% deposit. We must receive this deposit no later than 3 weeks prior to your tour date. Also, please note that you will be responsible for paying for 90% of your final count, even if you come with less people on the day of the tour.

Changes: All changes of more than 6 persons must be called in no later than one week prior to the tour. A 90% payment guarantee will be applied. Any increase over 6 will be accommodated when possible, but cannot be guaranteed.

Food Service: Pre-arranged lunch at the Riverview Terrace Café inside the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center is available by advance reservation. Please ask for a menu.

Preparing For Your Tour

Accessibility: Detailed information about participants with special needs is required 3 weeks before the tour date.

What to Expect: This fascinating tour winds through a picturesque rural estate and has some unique characteristics. We share this information so that all guests will understand what to expect during the course of the tour.

  • The tour entails a significant amount of STANDING, STAIR CLIMBING, and WALKING on uneven terrain.
  • The tour is up to 2 hours of mostly standing and walking with no opportunity to leave the group should you wish to stay behind.

 

Dress: The tour goes on, rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Your Arrival

Arrival: Arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled tour time. Allow ample time to use the restrooms before the tour, and for shopping before or after the tour.

Check-In: All tours begin at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center. Upon arrival, check in at the ticket counter. Provide your group number and pay any balance due.

Format: Unless other arrangements were made, your coach will unload passengers and park in the top level of the Visitor Center parking lot. You will meet your guide at the Visitor Center and board the Taliesin shuttle for your tour.

For The Driver: The Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center is located at the intersection of State Hwy. 23 and County Hwy. C about 40 miles west of Madison, WI.  

On Hwy. 23, it is 10 minutes north of the House on the Rock and 3 miles south of historic Spring Green.

Coaches should not try to make a left-hand turn off of County Hwy. C into the Visitor Center parking lot, but should approach from Hwy. 23 in order to make a right-hand entrance. Also, please do not attempt to turn the coach around the flag circle at the entrance to the Visitor Center.

When unloading, please do not block the driveway or the building entrance. Pull to the right side of the driveway and assist your passengers at the entrance. Once you've unloaded your passengers, drive to the coach parking area.

For more information or group tour reservations, call (608) 588-7900 or toll free at (877) 588-7900, ext. 229, or e-mail tours@taliesinpreservation.org. Tour reservations cannot be made via e-mail.

Office hours during the tour season (May 1 - October 31) are
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. central time, 7 days a week.

 

 

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