Frank Lloyd Wright's' Martin House Complex
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The Martin House + Tour will take you to all the spaces included on the Martin House Tour, plus the intimate, light and art-glass filled Bursar’s Office and the second floor Master Bedroom. The tour will also visit the first floor of the Gardener's Cottage (1909) where you will see Wright's concept for affordable housing beautifully executed and the first and second floor of the Barton House (1903) which was the first Prairie house built on the site. Along the way your docent will expand on the Martin/Wright story to provide a more detailed context for this architectural masterpiece.

This tour is two-hours and is not wheelchair accessible: there is considerable walking, standing and stair-climbing involved. Part of the tour is outside. From time to a time a specific tour space in the Martin House may be unavailable due to ongoing restoration. An alternate space will be made available.

Two hour tours are not intended for children under the age of 5.

Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour.


The Martin House Tour will introduce visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s innovative design concepts that defined his Prairie-style ideal.  A certified docent will lead guests through the primary first-floor rooms of the main Martin House, the pergola, conservatory, and the carriage house.  Experience the harmony of Wright’s nature-inspired architecture, the connections made between interior and exterior spaces, and the pioneering methods of construction used in this outstanding residential project.  Explore the home’s beauty, described as a “domestic symphony,” which includes prime examples of Wright-designed furniture, art glass, and light fixtures.  Your tour will conclude at the Martin House Museum Store, where you will find an exceptional selection of gifts for you and your home. 

This tour is one-hour and is wheelchair accessible. There is stair-climbing, considerable walking, and standing involved on this tour. Part of the tour is outside.  From time to time a specific tour space in the Martin House may be unavailable due to ongoing restoration. An alternate space will be made available.

Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour.


Western New York affords visitors the rare opportunity to experience a variety of Wright's residential, functional, recreational, and monumental designs – both historic and newly constructed. Leave the driving and planning to us! Join us for this all-inclusive package which begins at Forest Lawn's Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center* and proceeds via 40 passenger coach to the Martin House (1903-05) for an extended tour. The next stop is the Filling Station designed by Wright for Buffalo in 1927 and built in 2013 inside the Pierce Arrow Museum. Drive by Larkinville and arrive for a tour of the Fontana Boathouse (2007) on the Black Rock Canal.  Continue on to Graycliff (1926-31) for an essentials tour then visit historic Forest Lawn's Blue Sky Mausoleum (2004). The coach will return you to Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center.  This tour package includes a delicious lunch buffet.

A knowledgeable guide will be on hand to point out architectural treasures along the way including the site of the Larkin Administration Building (1904) and manufacturing buildings in an area now known as Larkinville.

Dates for 2020 coming soon. 

The tour runs all day from 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Reservations close at 12:00 noon three days in advance of the tour.

$150 / $140 Members of the Martin House, Graycliff and Forest Lawn

Space is limited; reservations are required.
This tour is not accessible due to the ongoing restoration at some of the buildings visited along the tour.  

*Tours begin at Forest Lawn's Margaret L. Wendt Archive and Resource Center located at 1990 Main Street at Jefferson.  There will be plenty of free parking at the Center. Please arrive by 8:15 AM as the trolley will leave promptly at 8:30 AM.


Enjoy an intimate experience of the Martin House on our Photography+ Tour. Gain exclusive access to the home during our first tour of the day. Photography is allowed inside the home for personal use only. Please note that tripods, flash and camera bags are not permitted. Tours are limited to no more than 10 guests.

This tour is offered on the first Saturday of every month, except in August, when it will take place on the second Saturday.

Reservations are strongly recommended due to the limited space on each guided tour.


Darwin and Isabelle Martin had two homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright: their city home in Buffalo (1903-05) and a summer home on Lake Erie in nearby Derby, called Graycliff (1926-27). Tour both sites to learn the full story of the Martin family, and to see how Wright's vision played out over the course of his early career in Western New York.

Mix-and-match between one and two hour tours at the two different sites to receive $2 off the price of each adult ticket.

Graycliff is located at 6472 Old Lake Shore Road, Derby, New York, a 25-minute drive from the Martin House.  Please make sure to allow enough time between the two sites.


Want the Martin House Complex all to yourself?  You and your guests (up to 6 people) will experience Wright’s Buffalo masterpiece in an intimate and leisurely tour led by a member of our senior staff.  Tour the six buildings of this historic complex in a small group that will allow ample time for a personalized, one-of-a-kind experience.  This is the perfect gift for the Frank Lloyd Wright aficionado who has everything, for that once-in-a-lifetime visit, or to thank someone for something special. Photography is allowed.

Schedule this tour at a time mutually agreeable to your party and the Martin House staff. Please contact our at 856-3858 ext. 207.

Price $450

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Wright Night

Enjoy a unique opportunity to explore the Martin House during a self-guided tour on select Monday evenings each month. 

From 4-7pm, wander Frank Lloyd Wright’s opus to the beat of your own drummer. Discover the harmonious design and details that make up the first floor of the Martin House, pergola, conservatory, and carriage house.

All walk-up tickets are first come, first served, and available until 6:30 pm that evening.

The Martin House Museum Store (located in the carriage house) will also be open for shopping.

$10 per person, free for members.

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