By reviewing these helpful hints, you maximize your chances of enjoying Fallingwater as it was meant to be enjoyed…with a sense of peace, harmony and serenity. We look forward to seeing you soon!
First and foremost, advance ticket or reservations are essential for all tours at Fallingwater. This guarantees you a tour although, during times of heavy visitation, you may still have a short wait upon arrival. While we book our tours for every half-hour, the tours may start as frequently as every six minutes. Once you have arrived, we will put you in the first available tour in your time slot.
On The Day of Your Visit
- Allow enough time on-site for strolling the wonderful grounds around Fallingwater and experiencing our Visitor Center where you will find our museum store and cafe. We recommend that you plan to stay with us for at least two hours.
- Expect considerable walking. Please wear comfortable walking shoes!
- For the safety and comfort of all visitors, children much be at least six years old to accompany you on a Regular Guided House Tour of Fallingwater and at least nine years old to accompany you on any of our special tours. Children under six-years-old, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on tour. For more information, please see our Families with Children page.
- Note that there are no public restrooms inside Fallingwater itself. Please use the restrooms at our Visitor Center prior to beginning your tour.
- Come prepared for the weather. More than half of the tour is conducted outside, and mountain temperatures are generally about ten degrees colder than those in Pittsburgh.
- Summer tours are more comfortable in the cooler, morning hours.
- Large or bulky items such as camera bags, bookbags, or over-sized handbags present a hazard to our historic furnishings, collections and woodwork. We will ask that you lock these items in your car before your tour or use one of our lockers available, free of charge, in the Visitor Center. Fallingwater’s rooms are open for you to walk through with your guide. However, the hallways and doorways are narrow. To protect the house, our staff reserves the right to check any over-sized items at the front door.
- Fallingwater is a carry-in/carry–out facility. To encourage recycling and reduce odor from waste, we ask that you take you trash with you.
- Pets are not permitted in Fallingwater or on the grounds around the house. While we suggest you don't leave pets in your car, please use caution if you choose to do so as this can have adverse affects, especially on hot summer days. Provide as much protection as possible by parking in shades areas and providing ventilation and water. When walking your pets in the parking lot areas, please be sure to use a leash and be courteous of other visitors by cleaning up after your pet. Pet lodging and daycare is available from several area facilities.
- Service animals are welcome to join you on the tour and on the grounds around the house. We ask that you have proper identification on the animal and have your certification card with you when you visit.
- We understand that many Fallingwater visitors will have accessibility concerns. We are constantly working to make the visit comfortable for everyone. If you haven’t visited us before, view our accessibility information for a few tips to help you make your visit more enjoyable.
Photography, painting, and sketching is not permitted at any point during regular guided house tours. Exterior photography, painting and sketching is permitted for personal use only and cannot be sold, published or posted on a website without permission of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Original works may be exhibited, but reproductions or prints may not be produced. This includes, but is not limited to all photographs, paintings, sketches and drawings generated during your visit.
Edgar J. Kaufmann jr wanted visitors to Fallingwater to have the full experience that Wright created within the spaces of the house.
For this reason you don’t view Fallingwater by looking through doorways into roped off areas but step into each space of the house just as a guest of the Kaufmann family might have. This creates a very unique experience for you, the visitor, while at the same time creates some challenges for us in preserving the house and its collections.
Therefore it is important that you use your best museum manners while visiting with us. This basically means using your best common sense while you’re at Fallingwater and showing the same courtesy and respect while visiting with us as you would like guests to show while visiting your house.
In particular we ask that you:
- Leave large purses, camera bags, backpacks and other cumbersome items in your car or use one of our lockers in the Visitors Center.
- Stay with your guide while on tour.
- Follow the photography guidelines located above.
- Do not handle the museum collections, touch the woodwork and furniture or sit on the furniture.
- Be respectful of others in your tour group by not talking while the guide is speaking.
- Turn off cell phones and other electronic devices.
- Follow any other guidelines that your guide or other Fallingwater staff may present during you visit.
- Walk only on designated pathways.
- Stay out of the stream and waterfall.
- And most importantly…Enjoy your visit!