About LongHouse Reserve

LongHouse Reserve teaches living with art in all its forms. We cherish the land, a nature reserve
with thousands of living species; place, an institution to learn, explore and grow; and spirit; a
relaxing sanctuary for a break from everyday life. With those aspects at heart, the 2023 season
will be one to remember!

LongHouse Reserve is a 16-acre sculpture garden and natural sanctuary located in East Hampton,
NY. As many as 60 works of art, including sculptures by Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono, and
Willem de Kooning can be viewed in the LongHouse gardens, which are open to the public from
April to December with changing exhibitions each year. The gardens serve as a living case study
of the interaction between plants and people in the 21st century. LongHouse's goal is to expand
the imagination and appeal to visitors of all ages, with an education program providing students
with docent-led school tours, online materials, internship activities, family-activity guides, and the
LongHouse Scholarship Award.

LongHouse was founded by Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020), internationally known textile
designer, author, and collector. Larsen’s 13,000 square foot house was designed by Charles
Forberg, a nephew of Walter Gropius, and is based on the sacred shrine on the Ise Peninsula in
Japan. A team is currently studying the future use of the house and welcomes thoughts from our
visitors in our workshops and talks this summer.


  • Historic Artists' Home and Studios, A program of The National Trust for Historic Preservation

    Affiliate Member

    The Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program (HAHS) is a coalition of 55 museums that were the homes and working studios of American artists. “Being welcomed into the Affiliate Membership of the Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios network is balm for the soul of LongHouse, where we finding our way just two years after the passing of our founder, Jack Lenor Larsen (1927-2020). Jack once said, “Conforming must be terribly dull. I never learned to do it,” and thus built a modernist version of the Ise Shrine smack in East Hampton and planted a 16-acre garden of color and ideas and birds around it, all to enlarge his scope of work as a master of color, craft, and a master weaver. As stewards of his legacy—a program of both preservation and invention, attention to the past with a view to the future—we will enjoy support and guidance from our HAHS colleagues." – Carrie Rebora Barratt, Director, LongHouse Reserve


After a morning at the beach, this garden is a wonderful, peaceful respite from all the activity and traffic. Gorgeous landscaping and hidden sculptural surprises in every nook, fun paths to walk down and cleverly placed benches on which to sit and enjoy it all. The friendly staff member at the gate offered us scavenger hunt maps for the kids as well as an informative introduction to the garden. We all very much enjoyed the trip.

Kelly S., New York, NY

This place is an absolute gem. Incredible nature, landscaping, art, and furniture spread out over a sprawling estate. We brought our nieces there (7 & 8) and they went nuts! Best part is that kids are free. If you in the area, or even if you have to drive an hour, you have to check it out. Just check their calendar to make sure they are open, as they keep inconsistent hours.

DM A., New York, NY


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