Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site


The story told at Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site is full of drama. This site is home to Eugene Gladstone O'Neill, the only Nobel Prize winning playwright from the United States and the architect of modern American theater. Explore the Tao house, the Oriental inspired refuge for the playwright. Here he and his wife Carlotta lived in the hills above Danville from 1937 to 1944. Within the Spanish Colonial walls of this site, he wrote his final and most successful plays; "The Iceman Cometh," "Long Day's Journey Into Night," and "A Moon For the Misbegotten." Strolling through the courtyards and orchards of the Tao house, you are likely to be carried away by his life story and its influence on American theater. Public visitation is allowed by advance reservation (925) 838-0249, Wednesdays through Sundays, with guided tours at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (allow 2 hours) with the exception of Saturday visits. Visitors can shuttle into the site from the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in Danville.


Seasonality / Weather

Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.



From San Francisco, take Interstate 80 (Bay Bridge) to Hwy 24...from Berkeley, take Interstate 80 west to 580 south to Hwy 24...from Oakland, take Interstate 580 north to Hwy 24. From Hwy 24 in Walnut Creek, take Interstate 680 south to Danville. From San Jose take Interstate 680 north to Danville. From Sacramento take Interstate 80 west to Fairfield, take Interstate 680 south to Danville.

PLEASE NOTE: The National Park Service provides a shuttle van for transportation to the site. The van must be taken to see the historic site. Access via private vehicle is not available. A reservation MUST be made for a tour of the Tao House. Please call (925) 838-0249 to make a reservation.


Accessible from Oakland International Airport, approximately 45 minutes; San Francisco International Airport, approximately. 60 minutes; San Jose International Airport, approximately. 90 minutes (estimated times are without traffic).

Public Transport: 

Take BART to Walnut Creek and transfer to the County Connection bus #121. The bus stops in several places in Danville. Appropriate bus stop will be indicated at the time of your reservation. Reservations are required to visit the site. All visitors are shuttled to the site on National Park Service vehicles from the Town of Danville. Directions to the shuttle pick-up location are provided when reservations are made.