The Philip Johnson Glass House will place 2011 tour tickets on sale beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 15. The upcoming tour season, which runs from May through November, represents the fifth year that the Glass House has welcomed visitors to the site. To mark this milestone, the Glass House introduces three new tours and launches a new program, Third Thursdays, in addition to its existing tour options. Tickets may be purchased online at philipjohnsonglasshouse.org or via phone at 866-811-4111.

New Tours: Architecture, Art and Landscape

Three new two-hour tours ($45 each) offer visitors the opportunity to dive deeper into the essential elements of the 47-acre site -- architecture, art and landscape -- by focusing on the unique details surrounding the 14 structures and the world-class private art and design collection. The architecture tour offers guests the opportunity to learn how the Glass House campus serves as a 50-year diary of architectural history by exploring the architects, theories and history; buildings, materials and technologies; and preservation challenges of Modern architecture.

The art tour will illuminate how Philip Johnson and his partner, David Whitney, played significant roles in cultivating and commissioning the work of world-renowned creative talent that defined an era. Visitors will examine works featured in the Glass House collection including artists Lynn Davis; Michael Heizer; Donald Judd; Andrew Lord; Robert Morris; Bruce Nauman; David Salle; Julian Schnabel; Cindy Sherman; Julius Shulman; Frank Stella and Andy Warhol, among others.

The landscape tour features a walk through the grounds and a discussion centered on the history, design, flora and fauna of Johnson's 47-acre curated landscape. Visitors will learn to identify the various influences at play including English and French landscape details, Johnson's Midwestern farming roots and his relationship with the historic New England countryside. Additional highlights include original stonewalls, trees deemed landmark-worthy and David Whitney's inventive succulent gardens.

Third Thursdays: Conversations in Context

Leading minds in the fields of architecture, art, design, history, landscape and preservation will serve as hosts of this special curated tour. Figures such as Paul Goldberger, New Yorker Architecture Critic; Barry Bergdoll, Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, MoMA; Theodore H.M. Prudon, Founding President, DOCOMOMO US; Hilary Lewis, Philip Johnson Scholar; Donald Kaufman + Taffy Dahl, Donald Kaufman Color; Charles Renfro, DILLER SCOFIDIO + RENFRO; Gregg Pasquarelli, SHoP Architects; and Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, will provide narrative, interpretation and personal inspiration while walking the Glass House site with an intimate group of visitors. Following the tour, guests will gather for a reception on the site. ($150 per person, per evening)

Additional 2011 Offerings

In addition to the newly added tours, visitors may also choose from the following options: 90-minute guided site tour ($30 per person); Two-hour guided extended tour ($45 per person); Glass House Modern Friends Tour ($100 per person); twilight tour ($150 per person, October only); private tour ($250 per person); Glass House private tour plus Four Seasons Dinner package ($450 per person); and group tours (beginning at $30 per person).

The Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, offers its 47-acre campus as a catalyst for the interpretation of modern architecture, landscape and art; and as a canvas for inspiration, experimentation and cultivation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney.

For more information, visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.