The House on the Rock

October 7, 2009 at 7:11 am 24 comments

I almost don’t want to write about the amazing, magnificent, awe-inspiring House on the Rock as nothing I can say will possibly do it justice.  It is astonishing, awesome, fascinating, incredible, marvelous, prodigious, shocking, stunning, surprising, unbelievable and wonderful. 

Hey Everybody!  Especially you, Jessie –  Add this to your Must See Before I Die list.  If you have one.  If not, start one.

Although we spent over 3 hours roaming the twisty corridors, I only took 15 pictures.  It almost seemed wrong to take pictures.  And why bother since one couldn’t possibly document it all without going insane.

Here’s a small sample of the delights of the house upon the rock …

Heritage of the Sea

Heritage of the Sea

More creepy dolls than you can shake a stick at.


Creepy Dolls in a Carriage

The Dying Drunkard

The Dying Drunkard

And some things for the ladies.

Baby in a Bottle

Fat Banished 2


And finally, the house is filled with elaborate displays of musical instruments playing intricately designed musical pieces.

Violins 1

 Our senses were so overstimulated that we couldn’t even listen to the radio for an hour afterwords – I was glad to have 50 miles of Wisconsin backroads to navigate and contemplate.   There was too much, too much, too much.

A few more pictures here … but see it with your own eyes.


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24 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Steve Wiggins  |  October 7, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Now this post brought back memories! Having lived/taught in Wisconsin for 14 years, we were well acquainted with House on the Rock. Some of our neighbors said it was over-the-top, but it is right up there on my list, along with the Mustard Museum and Wisconsin Dells. Thanks for the memories!

  • 2. s8529226  |  October 7, 2009 at 9:43 am

    dude that is scary

  • 3. Steven Harris  |  October 7, 2009 at 10:08 am

    Vrry Chuck Palahniuk.

  • 4. Tammy Terwelp  |  October 7, 2009 at 10:18 am

    I am from Wisconsin and have been there several times… is there not something just “off” about the place?

    There is a great book called ‘American Gods’ by Neil Gaiman where The House on The Rock is a setting. It may clairfy that all my life, even as an adult, when visiting The House I have felt ‘not quite right’.

    Scroll down to media.

    Great photos and descriptions on your blog!

  • 5. Deana  |  October 7, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Ever read American Gods? House on the Rock plays a big role. After reading it the place took on a mystical feeling for me, I forgot it was a real place. All of these things are in the book as well. Very cool.

    • 6. John  |  October 7, 2009 at 12:25 pm

      I recently started reading Gaiman’s novel, American Gods. This is the first Gaiman book I’ve read. I just came upon the place in the book in which Shadow, Wednesday, and other characters encounter House on the Rock in all its spooky weirdness.

      There is (or was) a home along the Mississippi in Wisconsin in which a large boulder had tumbled down a hill and landed on the home’s roof. A sign was posted nearby, which reads, “Rock on the House”. I saw it 1995; it may or may not still be there.

  • 7. Gloris Young  |  October 7, 2009 at 10:54 am

    I’ve heard of this place, but never seen it. Love the overhang glass walkway thingy. Thanks for the info. Gloris (

  • 8. JoAnne  |  October 7, 2009 at 11:59 am

    This really brought back memories for me as well! I think it was 1979 when we visited. I would LOVE to go back and bring my husband. It’s a fascinating place. And yes, it can overwhlem the senses quickly!

    • 9. Graciela  |  October 7, 2009 at 1:19 pm

      Los quiero mucho, gracias por toda su ayuda

      • 10. Graciela  |  October 7, 2009 at 1:20 pm

        Lo siento me equivoque de sector. bye.

  • 11. abiel  |  October 7, 2009 at 11:59 am

    The images set the mood for a late night trip towards something that will spike up your chills.

  • 12. Mathew Poolman  |  October 7, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    My girlfriend and I set out for the House last month, definitely one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen in my life.
    I have no idea how you managed to write a blog on it, I’ve been racking my brain to find words to describe it since I left…
    Good job! 🙂

  • 13. agent58  |  October 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    Nice pictures, wish I could go there.

  • 14. Jackie Zettles  |  October 7, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    I came across your blog while doing some research on wordpress -they are showing your blog as a great example. Way to go! JZ

  • 15. Jason Haas  |  October 7, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    Ahh yes; we went there after it was made a part of Neil Gaiman’s book “American Gods.” Funny thing was to me, I was more interested in the great cliff structure that it’s built upon than the house itself! But if you dig amazing visuals, it’s worth seeing.

  • 16. Haswardi Hasan  |  October 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    wowwww,,,, great house, totallity i like it…

  • 17. chuck LoCascio  |  October 8, 2009 at 12:43 am

    you spent 3 hours there? man that does sound long, but im sure it was worth it, the pictures look interesting…very cool

  • 18. schreibermmb  |  October 8, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Awesome images, specially the shark.

  • 19. prettyproject  |  October 8, 2009 at 7:56 am

    That is so super-cool. I spent an entire summer in Wisconsin once and NEVER knew this existed. Had I, I would have most definitely popped in! 🙂

  • 20. Frances Bean  |  October 8, 2009 at 8:01 am

    Freakkkyyyyyy, lol.. Those dolls creeped me out.

  • 21. Cindi  |  October 8, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Makes me want to get on a plane and fly up just for that! What an interesting place! Never heard of it, but you can be sure I will do my research and find out more. My hubby is from Wisconsin and he has never mentioned it. hummmm….
    Thank you for writing about this wonderful place to visit.

  • 22. saratoday  |  October 8, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Wow – I can’t believe I’m featured on the front page. I feel so cool. One thing I forgot to mention is that there is a super secret display being built at the House on the Rock set to be revealed in 2012 (I think). What could it be?!!

    Welcome everyone!

  • 23. Flower Boy  |  October 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

    like a real life house of horrors?! very spooky/weird

  • 24. saratoday  |  October 16, 2009 at 8:08 am

    For your viewing pleasure, I just added a video of the giant carousel. Here …


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