his page contains all the information you’ll need to enjoy your visit.
Tickets are required and can be
purchased online. Park at the Visitors’ Center and come inside to meet your guide. Tours begin at their scheduled time, leaving from the Visitor Center on a ¼ mile stroll along the scenic river path. Tours last approximately 90 minutes and provide enjoyment of the exterior and interior of the house. Please wear weather appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes which you will be asked to remove for the interior part of the tour. Please browse through the tabs below for more helpful information.
The one-room, steel-and-glass house designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe has been called one of the most important works of
20th century architecture. Located in a beautiful meadow on the banks of the Fox River two miles south of Plano, Illinois the Farnsworth
House has been called “sculptural” in its simplicity and a masterpiece of design.
question or want to book a Group
Reservations (10 or more) call (630) 552-0052.
- Individual Reservations call (866)
811-4111 or Book
We reserve the right to renovate or redecorate any and
all portions of the property at any time without prior
your groups experience
TEACH from the deck of the Farnsworth House
SKETCH from the serene surrounding environment
PHOTOGRAPH modernist architecture at its best
EXPLORE Mies van der Rohes masterpiece
We can customize a group tour to focus on a
particular area of interest or alter the program to allow
flexibility for expanded photography, sketching or lectures. The options are almost limitless. Call a Farnsworth House Group Tour
If you're looking to make the Farnsworth House a stop
along a larger tour of attractions, contact one of the group tour providers
below to help you arrange transportation or an expanded architectural tour of
Transportation and tour packages for small groups
can be arranged
through Off the Map Chicago by phoning
at 847-951-5521 or visit their website.
House is located approximately 58 miles southwest of
Chicago in Plano, Illinois
along the Fox River.
Due to increased congestion and construction, allow 2 hours drive time
from Chicago to accommodate detours and construction traffic. Our
website contains the best directions
to expedite your travel.
Click one of the following directions to the site:
Whether grabbing a lunch on the go, enjoying the company of your traveling companions over a leisurely lunch or heading off to a wonderful dinner, these local establishments meet our standard for quality food, service and atmosphere.
Dine In (See
Map tab for approximate locations.)
3 miles (Plano)
Allesandria’s, comfortable Italian dining, great food, great service in a new strip center,
Dr. Farnsworth chose to build the Farnsworth House in a rural setting in Illinois, nestled along the Fox River. Spend a night or two exploring the area to understand more fully why she chose it. Whether you prefer an intimate restored historic gem or a brand new full service hotel, the area accommodations can provide for your needs.
See Map tab for approximate locations.
The Farnsworth House site contains many obstacles to accommodating visitors with accessibility challenges, but the staff will do their best to meet your needs provided we receive advanced notice. If you are challenged by the long walk to the house or have difficulty standing for the 60 minute tour or are unable to ascend and descend the 8 steps, we would like to know in advance.
We encourage you to take photographs of the Farnsworth House’s exterior and grounds for your personal use, without the assistance of a tripod. However, no photographs, videos, CDs, multimedia, or images of any kind of the Farnsworth House, grounds, and property therein are allowed to be taken for commercial uses of any kind, or for any other use without the
express written permission of the Farnsworth House or Landmarks Illinois as operator of the House.
Interior photographs of the House for personal use require a private tour and the signing of a photography policy. Commercial photography of the House requires a rental contract and must be arranged prior to arrival by calling 630-552-0052. All members of the working press should contact the Farnsworth House staff by calling 630-552-0052 for more details.
By entering the Farnsworth House property, you agree to these terms.