You know that scene at the end of the movie “Citizen Kane” where the camera pans across a room filled with an eclectic collection of items, from sculpture to art to an assortment of unusual things? That is what the House on the Rock reminded me of…a strange and sometimes bizarre collection of items, the shear scale of which is enough to make you wonder how on earth one person could possibly amass so much….stuff!
Previous reviews on Trip Advisor gave us a head up on what to expect in terms of the length of the visit, so we did not linger but moved ahead at an unrushed yet steady pace. Many areas of the museum are dimly lit. When we were there during a quiet weekday and sometimes found ourselves to be the only people in that particular exhibit. When that was the case, there was a sort of creepiness that set in. To use other movie references, I felt like I was in a surreal Fritz Lang movie at times, and “The House of Wax” at others. Some may find the place disturbing, we found it pretty cool.
The outdoors are beautiful with a Japanese garden and covered walkways linking the buildings. The grounds were a breath of fresh air (in more ways than one) upon leaving each of those separate buildings, and their natural beauty was in odd juxtaposition to what lay within those structures.
This kitschy tourist stop is weirdly intruiging. Not a place I would make a special trip to go see, but if you are in the area and have a few hours to pass, stop by and experience THOTR.
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