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Manitoga tours: House, Studio and Landscape



Visit Manitoga, the House, Studio and Woodland Garden of pioneer industrial designer, Russel Wright (1904-1976). Tour Dragon Rock, Wright’s experimental home which he built onto the rock ledge of an abandoned quarry while masterfully orchestrating the surrounding landscape into a series of outdoor rooms of varying character and delight.

Tours are offered from May 1 through November 9 on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Tour ticket sales begin on March 16, 2015 at Brown Paper Tickets.

On view in Manitoga's central Quarry Pool: Sanctuary by artist Stephen Talasnik

General admission is $20; Seniors/Students/ Manitoga and National Trust members $15; and $10 for children under 12; $35 for Extended Tour (see details below). Tours are led by professional guides and limited to 12 people.

Reserve your tour at BrownPaperTickets.


Tours begin with a short film about Wright's life and design legacy. Visitors then follow the upper Quarry Path to Dragon Rock. Along the way, the tour features stunning views of the House and Studio, an ascending stone staircase, a field of mountain laurel, and the exquisite moss room. Visitors approach Dragon Rock by crossing the majestic waterfall via a wood plank bridge. Interior spaces are defined by expanses of glass, innovative materials use, and seamless connections to outside terraces. The Tour concludes by following a stepping stone path over the Quarry Pool dam to the Visitor/Guide House.


Tours last 90 minutes and are conducted rain or shine. Please wear sensible walking shoes and dress for weather. Visitors must be able to negotiate uneven ground, several bridge crossings with no handrails and a series of 40 stone steps. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A MODERATE HIKE.

Pets are not permitted and visitors are asked not to take photographs on regularly scheduled tours (see Extended Tour offering for photography opportunities).

Visitors not on a ticketed tour may view the House and Studio from a designated view spot but are asked not to enter the Quarry Pool Path reserved for guided tours.

Please avoid disappointment and purchase tour tickets in advance. If a tour is not sold out, tickets may be available for purchase at the Visitor/Guide House on a first-come first-serve basis.

Visitors meet at the Manitoga Visitor/Guide House next to the parking lot located at 584 Route 9D in Garrison, NY. 

SANCTUARY TOURS with the artist will be held on Sat. May 30 and Sat. Oct. 17 at 1:30pm. Reservations required at BrownPaperTickets.

EXTENDED TOURS  Enjoy a House, Studio & Landscape Tour and remain onsite for two additional hours to sketch, photograph, write or just be inspired! Offered on select Saturdays throughout the season: May 16, June 20, July 18, August 15, September 19 and October 10. $35; reservations required at BrownPaperTickets.

ARTIST-LED TOURS with Stephen Talasnik are scheduled for May 30 and October 17 at 1:30pm.

SUNSET TOURS Enjoy a late afternoon tour of the House, Studio and Woodland Garden with Tom Krizmanic, AIA, LEED AP, STUDIOS Architecture and Manitoga Board Member. Then soak in the majestic sunset on Dragon Rock’s living room terrace overlooking the Quarry Pool while enjoying light refreshments and cocktails. A Manitoga exclusive, new this year! $75 per person; space is limited; reservations required at BrownPaperTickets.

CUSTOM GROUP TOURS are available by appointment, allowing for a more focused experience of the architecture, landscape and/or collections at Manitoga. To arrange please call 845-424-3812 or email us.

Photos: Dining Area: Tara Wing Photography; Meadow: Manitoga Archives


For details:

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