By Paul Walker
If passing nearby Spring Green Wisconsin one should be on the lookout for a great little place known as “House on the Rock.” This collection, as some know, has had its controversial past blown out of proportion in its lifetime. None the less this well-known museum has had a long history of attracting young and old alike.
On my visit I was fairly impressed with the magnitude of the amount of items which were either built or collected in the 50+ year history of this museum. Once entering the main entrance you will first be touring the main house. The house itself is a marvel of wonder as it has been chiseled out of the rock original to the mountain top. Along its lifetime a 14th room was added which is yet another breathtaking thing to see. The Infinity Room, as it’s called, is a 218 foot scenic pinnacle which sits 156 feet above the forest below. This room is an amazing 3,264 windows for walls and is supported almost in midair. The experience of going to the tip of this room can be a little un-footing, per say.
Once passing through the main house there are room after room of collections. You will see entire rooms dedicated to the largest carousel in the world, a room on aviation, transportation, circus miniature antique and collectable glass paper weights, antique Orientalia and a full scale village of yesteryear. The walk through this museum is endless and be sure to buy some tokens to play the 35+ music machines throughout the complex. The House on the Rock was a dream started by a man named Alex Jordon. Taking a trip through his life’s achievement is a testament to all things possible. Though now the complex has different owners the legacy that once was instilled has been passed on. Today a dream sits on a unique cliff overlooking what seems to be an endless world, much like the same endless world you see inside.
Paul Walker has for many years toured the museums of America and has also a life time passion for the history and the area of the Adirondacks.