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Address: 584 Route 9d, Garrison, NY 10524-3042
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MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center preserves, protects and shares...

MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center preserves, protects and shares Russel Wright's modernist House, Studio and Woodland Garden as a masterful integration of design and nature, a powerful example of land reclamation, and a resource for inspired design in daily living through public tours, programs and events. MANITOGA is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York State.

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Unusual House

The tour of this house was very good. It starts inside a small building where they show a short video. You hike a bit to the house seeing it from a distance. Depending on the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 November 2016
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NJ
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261 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The tour of this house was very good. It starts inside a small building where they show a short video. You hike a bit to the house seeing it from a distance. Depending on the season you are visiting, the house could be totally surrounded by the vegetation. It is built right into the natural formation of the land. The... More 

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Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this review

Thank you for submitting this review of Manitoga to TripAdvisor. We are thrilled your enjoyed your tour and hope you will return again to hike the trails, experience a performance or to take another tour at a different time of year. Every visit holds new surprises. More 

Poughkeepsie, New York
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199 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

I have been living in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years but had not known about this place. Even more astonishing is that I have known about about Russel Wright and his famous American Modern designs for a long time. So what pleasure when someone told us about this place. We were surprised about the beauty of the landscaped... More 

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Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your very enthusiastic review of Manitoga. We are thrilled you have discovered this "place of great spirit" here in the Hudson Valley. We hope you will return again for more tours, to hike our trails or experience a performance in this extraordinary landscape. Every visit holds new surprises. All our best, Dan More 

Chesterfield, MO
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 356 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

I made my reservations on the web page and arrived early to ensure I got a parking spot. The gravel lot holds about 20-25 cars, and there were only a couple of cars there on a Saturday morning. There is a very small visitor’s center/gift shop that has a small rest room. To start the tour, you watch a video... More 

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Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this review

Thank you for submitting this excellent review to TripAdvisor. We appreciate you describing the tour experience from the point of view of a guest, so people will have a better idea of what to expect. Please return soon to hike the trails, experience a performance or to take another tour. Every visit holds new surprises. All the best, Dan More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Manitoga was the home of Russel Wright, a mid-century American designer. The tour includes a hike of some of the grounds and a tour of the house and studio. There are some steep rock steps, a wood bridge with no handrail and rock steps across a waterway. With bad knees, but using hiking sticks, I was comfortable traversing this. It... More 

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Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We often get questions about the difficulty of the walk for guests with balance issues. Your statement perfectly captures the challenge and the rewards in a way that will help others make the right decision for themselves. All the best, Dan More 

Los Amgeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This place is a total work of art (a gesamtkunstwerk) from the mid-century modern structure sited on the edge of a quarry, to the idiosyncratic interiors, to the surrounding art directed grounds and trails. If you like architecture or are simply curious about this brilliant designer and want to know more about his life and work, this is a must... More 

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Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review of your visit to Manitoga. We so appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with others. We hope you will return again and again. Every season offers new delights. All the best, Dan More 

Boonton
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Very reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water in its blending in with nature in a beautiful setting, this is a gem that most people don't know about. We had a nearly 2-hour tour of the grounds and house, and the docent was perfect for the setting -- knowledgeable, calming, and adoring of Russel Wright. There is a local artist... More 

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Warwick, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Went to visit last weekend, They really need to raise money to repair this attraction. So much was in poor condition. My tour guide was extremely rude.

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Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this review

It is most unfortunate that your visit to Manitoga was disappointing since visitor feedback, especially with regard to our Tourguides, is overwhelmingly positive. You are welcome to call our office to offer more details about your tour experience. Also, as part of the tour, our visitors learn that landscape and interior restoration is an ongoing and challenging effort as we... More 

New York
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11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Absolutely, positively a must see for anyone who likes Mid Century Modern design! Manitoga appears to be carved out of the landscape. Being lovers of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Manitoga was a delight to experience. You start out in a small, tree shrouded building where you can purchase your tickets, watch a movie on the history of the... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Manitoga. The short intro video was a just the right length of time. I do recommend sneakers or hiking boots as it is a rocky trail in parts. The two guides were a charming and knowledgeable. The paths to the house are a gardeners delight. The home is a wonderful example of well thought... More 

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Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your positive comments on TripAdvisor. We very much appreciate you taking the time to post. Come back soon to Manitoga. Every season has its own delights. More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

The house and other facilities combine elements of Wright’s Falling Waters and Johnson’s Glass House without the pretension of those buildings and in many ways a more interesting execution. This is truly and iconic example of designing with nature. The tour leaders were very good.

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