Chihuly at Biltmore 2018 - Insider's Guide

Chihuly Glass Sculptures at Biltmore

May 17-October 7, 2018
Wow! "Chihuly at Biltmore" brings a spectacular sparkling exhibition in the gardens and Biltmore House. See the monumental glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly, featured in 200 museums around the world. Included in the regular daytime admission price, see 16 installations of Chihuly’s sculptures throughout the estate. Several of the installations include many pieces. Special plantings accent the each creation. For the first time, take enchanting illuminated evening tours. Photo above: Italian Gardens

Chihuly Glass Sun Biltmore House
"Sole d'Oro" on the front lawn illuminated after sunset

Chihuly Nights at Biltmore
On Thursday–Sunday evenings plus every night September 20-October 7, take a rare evening visit inside the Biltmore House and through the gardens to see the dramatic lighting of Chihuly’s stunning glass sculptures. After strolling through the first floor of the House, walk through the gardens to see the luminous creations while listening to live music and watching the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains - complete with a pop-up Wine Bar. Evening tours on Wednesday, July 4th also! These evenings require a separate ticket (like Christmas Candlelight Tours) for $67/person except $75/person during the first two weekends. Pick house entry times between 7:30- 9 PM. Gardens close at 10 PM. Save $10 if purchased online 7 days in advance. Many nights will sell-out. Annual Passholders save $20 on evening tickets. Located adjacent to Biltmore House, the Stable Café will stay open late for dinner on these nights. Make dining reservations at 1-800-411-3812. Go to the Biltmore Web site to buy Chihuly Nights tickets.

Chihuly Glass Biltmore Gardens
Gorgeous water lilies & reeds in Italian Gardens

Dale Chihuly Biltmore House
Dale Chihuly in Winter Garden inside Biltmore House for the opening. The gold and white formations simulate sea life and reflect Chihuly’s love of Venice

Where to find the 16 installations?

  • Front Lawn: Glistening representation of the sun
  • Italian Gardens: Three installations, including a boat filled with multicolored glass spheres
  • Shrub Garden: Striking red reeds up to 10 feet tall
  • Pergola: Series of flora inspired creations
  • Walled Garden: Two colorful towers, one created just for this setting
  • Conservatory: Three dramatic chandeliers with cattails in front.
  • Antler Hill Village & Winery: New installation created for Biltmore

Chihuly at Biltmore Gardens
Italian Gardens

Ticket Specials & Tips
Buy tickets and book your house tour reservation times well in advance, especially on weekends and the first two weeks of the exhibition. Many days will probably sell-out in advance.

  • Daytime tickets are $67-$75/adult, save $10 by buying on Biltmore's web site 7 days in advance. Highest tickets are May weekends and holidays.
  • Also save $10/person for the special evening tours when purchase 7 days ahead. Time reservation required. Many nights will sell-out. Go to the Biltmore Web site to buy Chihuly Nights tickets.
  • Annual Passholders save $20 on evening tours.
  • U.S. military saves $10 on regular adult daytime admission with Military ID.
  • Kids 16 & under free admission, May 25-September 3, 2018. Up to two kids per adult ticket.
  • Remember, the house is not air conditioned. Try to book an early morning tour for a cooler tour.

Walled Garden Biltmore Chihuly
Walled Garden

Biltmore Chihuly Glass Conservatory
Look up inside the Conservatory by the Walled Garden for three chandeliers

Inn on Biltmore Estate Chihuly & The Village Hotel Chihuly Packages
Elevate your Chihuly experience with a luxurious overnight stay on the estate on either of their hotels located in Antler Hill Village. Packages included your guest room, breakfast, Chihuly gift, daytime admission, audio tour, valet parking and estate shuttle service. Go to Biltmore's Web site for details.

Chihuly Boat Biltmore Gardens

More about Chihuly
Chihuly’s creative vision utilizes light, space, and form. For more than a half century, Chihuly has created with a variety of media including glass, paint, charcoal, graphite, neon, ice, and polyvitro. Acclaimed for his iconic glass sculptures, Chihuly is also known for ambitious and immersive site-specific public installations and exhibitions in museums and gardens around the world. 

See our main Biltmore Insider's Guide for details on visiting the estate and more events.

Asheville Summer of Glass

Asheville Summer of Glass

Glass artists in Asheville and western North Carolina join the celebration with a "Summer of Glass" that includes special shows, tours, workshops and events. Nearby is the River Arts District, home to 200 artists. Our top studio to watch glassblowers at work is Lexington Glassworks (pic) in downtown Asheville. Read all about Asheville glass art.

More About Biltmore

Biltmore House
Experience Biltmore
Take in the grandeur of our country's largest home, the "Downton Abbey" of America. Explore the many rooms inside the house, walk through breathtaking landscapes and gardens, taste vintages at the winery and enjoy fine dining. See many things to do with our detailed insider's guide!
Restaurants on Biltmore Estate
Dining at Biltmore
Experience Biltmore's legacy of food and wine inspired by their heritage of fine dining and sustainable agriculture, with the finest ingredients from their pastures and gardens. Dine at the Bistro, Cedric's Tavern, Deerpark Restaurant, Stable Cafe and the Dining Room at the Inn on Biltmore Estate. Admission ticket or annual pass is required to dine.
Inn on Biltmore Estate
Experience luxurious hospitality, fine dining, spa services and outdoor activities on the grounds of Biltmore House, America’s largest home®. Enjoy impeccable hospitality, meticulous attention to detail and the level of personalized service the Vanderbilts extended to their friends. 3 miles S of... read more
Village Hotel on Biltmore
Stay at Biltmore at their more casual hotel, adjacent to the restaurants, winery and outdoor activities in Antler Hill Village. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at The Village Social with a small plate tasting menu featuring seafood, Biltmore Wines, craft... read more
Biltmore Winery
Biltmore Winery
Don't miss the most visited Winery in the country! Sample wines in the Tasting Room, included in admission to Biltmore Estate. Enjoy specialty tastings and variety of tours. Shop for all the Biltmore wines and plenty of gift items. Located in Antler Hill Village, it's open late every day.
Land Rover Experience Driving School
Land Rover Experience Driving School
Explore back roads and forests on Biltmore Estate while learning to drive the latest Range Rover loaded with technology. Develop off-road skills on extreme terrain with your guide, departing from Antler Hill Village.

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