Group Tours at Gropius House (1938)

Explore a revolution

A National Historic Landmark

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, came to teach at Harvard in 1937 and designed this house as his family home. Modest in scale, Gropius House was revolutionary in its influence. It combined familiar elements of New England houses—wood siding, stone foundation, and brick chimney—with industrial materials like glass block, acoustical plaster, and chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures.

Every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity of design. The house contains family possessions and an important collection of Bauhaus furniture designed by Marcel Breuer.

68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass.

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Specialty Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.

  • Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately one hour guided tour; please allow one and a half hours for your visit.
  • Guided Landscape Tour: Walter Gropius believed that the relationship of a house to its landscape was of paramount importance, and he designed the grounds of his family home in 1938 as carefully as the architecture itself.
  • Twilight Tour: Take the guided house tour at night to see how Walter Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life after sunset.
  • Evening at Gropius: During the evening slideshow presentation and house tour, see how Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life at night. Light refreshments provided.
  • Hip Sips: The 1938 home of one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, architect and teacher Walter Gropius, showcases the clean, contemporary lines of Modern design. Enjoy a 1968 themed evening house tour followed by a reception featuring trendy ’60s refreshments. Hip 1960s mod attire encouraged.

  • Ati’s Tour: See Gropius House from a child’s point of view. Daughter Ati Gropius was thirteen years old when she and her famous parents designed their Lincoln home in 1938. Ati had three wishes for her new house: to sleep under the stars, to come and go from her own private entryway, and to have a special play space for her and her friends. The tour is followed by a hands-on activity.
  • Photo Safari: Following a brief overview tour, use this mid-century Modern icon as inspiration for dynamic interior and exterior photography. Photography for personal use only.
  • Large Group Open House: Visitors have an hour to wander at their own pace through the house and garden with guides available to discuss highlights of the architecture, landscape, and collection. For groups of at least 35 guests.

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