Families are welcome to spend a day at the historic Farnsworth House for Farnsworth Family Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Exterior Viewing & Grounds Access tickets for kids ages 2 to 12 are free with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Autumn is an ideal time to enjoy fall color as you walk the mulched paths, watch migrating birds and view Edith Farnsworth’s Country House from the great outdoors using the online exhibition guide. Bring your own picnic, try our scavenger hunt and spend a beautiful day in the country with your favorite people. Adults must purchase Exterior Viewing & Grounds Access tickets for $10, and children must be accompanied at all times. Interior access is not included.

Through 2021, Farnsworth House is celebrating namesake Dr. Farnsworth’s life and times with a new interpretive exhibition, "Edith Farnsworth Reconsidered," in the visitor center and "Edith Farnsworth’s Country House," the temporary refurnishing of the house circa 1955. Visit farnsworthhouse.org for more up-to-date information about forthcoming companion exhibitions, events and programming.

Designed by Mies van der Rohe in 1945 and constructed in 1951, the Farnsworth House is a vital part of American iconography, an exemplary representation of both the International Style of architecture as well as the modern movement’s desire to juxtapose the sleek, streamline design of Modern structure with the organic environment of the surrounding nature. Mies constructed this glass box residence of “almost nothing” for Dr. Edith Farnsworth as a country retreat along the Fox River in Plano. It continued to be a private residence for over 50 years until Landmarks Illinois and the National Trust for Historic Preservation purchased it in 2003.

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Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House
Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House