Monday, August 29, 2011

House on the Rock

Monday morning started out with a trip to the House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI. The website doesn't have a ton of info so here's the wikipedia page link as well.

The first thing you see as you follow the drive to the main building is this crazy collection of amazing flower pots (??? somehow that doesn't seem like the right word to describe these things). They're covered in dragons....
and giant lizard looking things...
Here's Alex saving his sister from one of the giant lizard things...
(they would both need saving soon after this when they riled up some bees that were living in the lizard's foot)

A lizard-less flower pot...
... but still incredibly cool.

We went inside and bought our tickets so we could start our tour....
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The Infinity Room was really cool! Although I wasn't a big fan of the fact that it moved as you walked out into it! :-)

There was lots of stained glass throughout the house....

This panel was a favorite of Clara's and she asked me to take a photo of it...

Then we started getting into all of the crazy coin operated contraptions. This was a coin operated magician....

And one of the first coin operated music machines we came across (many more would follow)....
This was one of our favorites "The Mikado". The moving parts were amazing! This guy right here...... would turn his head and his eyebrows would go up and down.

It was dark enough in there that it is hard to see all that was going on... but you can see the drummer move and the girls fanning themselves with the golden fans...
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The next big favorite was the giant carousel! Please forgive the video... I was trying really hard not to fall over! It's harder than you think to walk forward in a dark room while watching a brightly lit carousel turn in front of you! It still makes me a little dizzy to watch the video :-)

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There were no horses on the carousel (some unicorns and such, but no horses). We had so much fun looking at all of the different creatures.

Of course, the kids' favorite HAD to be the bulldog...
Some of the other crazy creatures....
The amazing red chandelier thing in the next room....

And the three tiered doll carousel...... which Clara found appealing and creepy all at the same time :-)

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There was one bathroom in the place that was full of doll displays. She started out loving it but shortly, she couldn't get out of there fast enough after becoming convinced that the eyes were following her!

Another favorite was the band and orchestra...

It filled a room!
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The House on the Rock is amazing! I think we spent close to four hours there! You have to go realizing that it's more art gallery than museum though. But crazy, off the wall, art gallery. We totally loved it.

After that we loaded up and headed for Door County which is where we would spend the bulk of our week.

Of course, the kids had to hit the pool as soon as we got settled in....

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