Museum and Garden openings around the country

Editorial Staff Calendar


New Canaan:  Philip Johnson Glass House (May 1 – Nov. 30);Vukjiko Nakaya: Veil: The artist will use fog to create atmospheric effects in the Glass House’s first site-specific artist project.

Night by Vincent Fecteau: Contemporary artists create a series of sculptures inspired by Giacometti’s sculpture Night, which are displayed on the Mies van der Rohe coffee table where Giacometti’s sculpture was displayed prior to being sent for repair to his studio in the mid-1960s. Giacometti died during the restoration and the sculpture was never returned to the Glass House.

Old Lyme:  Chadwick Studio and Rafal Landscape Center at the Florence Griswold Museum  (April 6 – Oct 31); the American impressionist painter William Chadwick used this structure as his studio from around 1920 until his death in 1962.


WilmingtonNemours Mansion and Gardens (May 1 – Dec 31); designed by Carrère and Hastings in the late eighteenth-century French style, Nemours was built by Alfred I.  duPont for his second wife Alicia.


ColumbiaMiller House and Garden (March 1 – Nov 30); the industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Simons Miller commissioned the house from Eero Saarinen in 1953. Alexander Girard designed the interiors and Dan Kiley designed the garden.


Mount Desert Island, Northeast Harbor:  Asticou Azalea Garden (May 1 – Oct 31)


 Thuya Garden and Lodge (late June – mid-Sept)


 SomesvilleHistorical Museum and Gardens (June – Sept)


PortlandWadsworth-Longfellow House and Gardens (May -Oct); three generations of the Wadsworth and Longfellow families lived and worked in the house.

Prout’s NeckWinslow Homer Studio (April 7 – Nov 16); the great American artist painted many of his masterpieces here between 1883 and 1910.

  • Winslow Homer Studio – Southeast Corner, 2012
    (c) Trent Bell Photography.
  • Winslow Homer Studio-Daybed, 2012
    (c) Trent Bell Photography.
  • Winslow Homer Studio-Piazza, 2012
    (c) Trent Bell Photography.
  • Winslow Homer Studio-Signature on Window Pane, 2012
    (c) Trent Bell Photography.
  • Winslow Homer Studio-The Painting Room: The Story of Homer’s Career as an Illustrator, 2012
    (c) Trent Bell Photography.

Rockland: Farnsworth Homestead (June 27 – Oct 13); a two-story, twelve-room Greek revival house built in 1849 by a limestone quarry owner and investor

South Berwick Hamilton House, Historic New England  (June 1 – Oct 15); shipping merchant Jonathan Hamilton built a striking Georgian house in c. 1785. The interiors and collections reflect the Tyson family’s occupancy in the early 20th century.


EdgartownMartha’s Vineyard Museum (May 24 – Oct 13); Sea Change: Martha’s Vineyard in the 1960s

 Dr. Daniel Fisher House, Vincent House, and the Old Whaling Church (Memorial Day – Columbus Day)

LenoxThe Mount: Edith Wharton’s House (May 3 – Oct 31)

NantucketWhaling Museum (May 24 – Oct 31); Nantucket Cottage Style: Drawing Inspiration from the Oates-Euler Collection. In the 1960s Andrew Oates and William Euler fueled an island lifestyle based on the simplicity of the cottage style with their collection of crafts and fine art.

StockbridgeNaumkeag (May 24 – Oct 15); the nineteenth-century attorney and diplomat Joseph Choate hired McKim, Mead and White to design a 44-room summer cottage. His daughter Mabel Choate and the early twentieth-century landscape architect Fletcher Steele designed the gardens.

Naumkeag house with garden; courtesy of the Trustees of Reservations.


DetroitCranbrook House and Gardens (June 15 – Aug 31); Detroit’s English manor house built in the arts and crafts style with forty acres of gardens.

MackinacIsland Richard and Jane Manoogian Macinac Art Museum (Reopens May 5);  the Mackinac-inspired collection features fine and decorative arts ranging from Native American beadwork to mid-twentieth-century photographs.

Port AustinHuron City Museums (July 1 – August 31)


Preston Historic Forestville (reopens May 3); five historic buildings represent vernacular Minnesota architecture and include a store, a house, a granary, and a carriage barn. The re-created gardens are based on historical research.


CornishSaint-Gaudens National Historic Site (Memorial Day weekend to Oct 31); the house, gardens, and studio of the late nineteenth-century sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens


NewburyThe Fells Historic Estate and Gardens (available mid-June -mid-Aug); diplomat and statesman John Milton Hay built a 22-room colonial revival house and garden for his summers on Lake Sunapee in the early 20th century.


Blue Mountain LakeAdirondack Museum (May 23 – Oct 13); Arto Monaco and the Land of Makebelieve. The exhibition presents objects from the estate of the theme park designer Arto Monaco, including signs, set decorations, and props including a stage coach from Monaco’s Land of Makebelieve in upstate New York.

Easthampton:  Guild Hall (June 21 – July 27); Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) exhibition

GarrisonBoscobel House & Gardens (April 1 – Oct 31); oOutdoor Sculpture Exhibition The Hudson River Portfolio: A Beginning for the Hudson River School (Aug 3 – Oct 31)

MountainvilleStorm King Art Center (April 2 – Oct 31); Zang Huan – Evoking Tradition  (May 3 – Nov 9)

Outlooks – Virginia Overton  ( May 3 – Nov 30)


ColumbiaWright’s Ferry Mansion (May – Oct)


 PhiladelphiaBartram’s Garden (April 1 – Dec 6)


 Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove (April 1 – Dec 20)

Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, & Strawberry Mansion (April 1 – Dec 20)

Sweet Briar (Mid-July – mid-Dec)

Woodford (Open year round)


Stenton (April 1 – Dec 23)  Run by the National Society of Colonial Dames, James Logan, William Penn’s secretary, built the house between 1723 and 1730.

WayneChanticleer Garden & House (April 2 – Nov 2)  Adolph Rosengarten and his wife Christine built the house in 1913 as a retreat from the heat of Philadelphia’s summers. The Rosengartens pharmaceutical firm would become Merck & Co.



NewportPreservation Society of Newport County houses

The Breakers, Chateau-sur-Mer, The Elms, Marble House, Rosecliff  (open now)

Green Animals Topiary Garden & Kingscote (May 15- Nov. 21)

Rough Point (May 13 – Nov 9)  Built by the sixth son of William H. Vanderbilt, the house was inherited by the philanthropist and art collector Doris Duke from her father in 1925.