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You have many tour options to discover the remarkable stories of Columbus

 
Tours regularly fill to capacity and RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY. 

architecture tours

COLUMBUS ARCHITECTURE BUS TOUR

Discover how a small Midwestern city became a modern architecture "mecca," boasting structures by big names like Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, and I.M. Pei. This tour drives by more than forty significant structures and works of art and provides the opportunity to see the interiors of two buildings.

See tour times and buy tickets HERE.

Learn more about this tour HERE.

Price : $25
Duration : 2 hours
Bus tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

 


architecture tours

IMA MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR

Visit one of the most important examples of mid-century modern residential architecture in the country. This hallmark of modern design showcases the talents of architect Eero Saarinen, designer Alexander Girard, and landscape architect Dan Kiley.

See tour times and buy tickets HERE.

Learn more about this tour HERE.

Price : $25
Duration : 90 minutes
Interior and exterior home tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

 

architecture tours

LANDMARKS WALKING TOUR

Get an insider's look at downtown Columbus, including exclusive access to 301 Washington Street, the personal office of J Irwin Miller, community benefactor and champion of the arts.

See tour times and buy tickets HERE.

Price : $10
Duration : 90 minutes
Guided walking tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

 

INN AT IRWIN GARDENS tours

THE INN AT IRWIN GARDENS HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR

Get an insider's look at the Irwin House, the ancestral family home of J. Irwin Miller, virtually unchanged since 1910. This 60-minute tour of the first floor and the gardens gives a unique glimpse into the history and lifestyle of the Edwardian-era family who sparked Columbus’ modern architecture craze. Discover the early origins of Cummins Engine Company, when Clessie Cummins worked for the Irwin family as chauffeur and mechanic. 

See tour times and buy tickets HERE.

Price : $15
Duration : 60 minutes
Guided interior and gardens tour
Begins and ends at The Inn at Irwin Gardens

 


architecture tours

DOWNTOWN AUDIO TOUR (SELF-GUIDED)

Simply dial the free phone number for each site on the tour to hear the stories of Columbus' downtown landmarks. The tour includes a map and a set of photo cards. This tour does not require a smartphone, only a cell phone.

Find out more about this tour HERE.

Price : $10
Duration : approximately 90 minutes (depends on pace)
One mile self-guided walking tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

 


mobile guide to the tour map

GET TO KNOW COLUMBUS SMARTPHONE TOUR (SELF-GUIDED)

Access a guide to the Columbus art and architecture with your smartphone, including maps, images, and audio descriptions for featured sites. This tour is designed to work with the "Guide to Art and Architecture" map, available for $3 at the Visitors Center, Hotel Indigo, and Viewpoint Bookstore.

Go to this tour on your smartphone HERE.

Price : FREE
Self-guided tour

 

GROUP TOURS ALWAYS AVAILABLE

 
The Visitors Center leads many group tours each month for groups as small as ten people. Call 800-468-6564 for booking details.
 

 
Miller House and Garden group tours
 
MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN GROUP TOUR
 
The Miller House and Garden is a highly regarded mid-century modern home and garden showcasing the work of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley. Tour size is limited to ten people for a more leisurely tour of the property. During this tour, still photography is permitted. Photos are for personal use only and cannot be used in any commercial manner. Flash photography, tripods, and other photographic equipment are not permitted on this tour. Miller House and Garden tours begin at the Visitors Center. There will be an outdoor photo opportunity at the end of the tour. The property is in a residential area and entry is by a 13-passenger van provided at the Visitors Center.
 
Call 800-468-6564 for to book this tour for your group.
 
Tour price: $25 per person with a minimum charge of $250
Tour length: 60 minutes
Tours are provided for private groups of one to six people.
 
 

 
Miller House and Garden group curator tour photo
 
MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN GROUP CURATOR TOUR
 

Plan a private group tour of the renowned mid-century modern home and garden showcasing the work of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley. Experience a more in-depth tour led by a knowledgeable member of the Indianapolis Museum of Art staff during this private tour. Tour size is limited to six people for a more leisurely tour of the property. During this tour, still photography is permitted. Photos are for personal use only and cannot be used in any commercial manner. Flash photography, tripods, and other photographic equipment are not permitted on this tour. Miller House and Garden tours begin at the Visitors Center. The property is in a residential area and entry is by a 13-passenger van provided at the Visitors Center.

Call 800-468-6564 for to book this tour for your group.

Tour price: $100 per person with a minimum charge of $400

Tour length: 90 minutes

Tours are provided for private groups of one to six people.

 


group tour photo of Miller House and Garden
 

MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN GROUP LANDSCAPE TOUR

Schedule a private group tour of the Miller Garden, regarded as one of America’s most important modernist landscapes. Join a landscaping specialist for a more extensive, private tour of this landscape by Dan Kiley. Since the mid-century modern architects and landscape architects often blurred the lines between the interior and exterior of their designs, this tour will take an abbreviated walk through the interior of the Miller House. The tour will include significant walking over varying terrain in outdoor conditions; please dress accordingly. Miller House and Garden tours begin at the Visitors Center. The property is in a residential area and entry is by a 13-passenger van provided at the Visitors Center. 

Call 800-468-6564 for booking details.

Tour length: 90 minutes
Tours are provided for private groups.
Tour price: $40 per person with a minimum charge of $280

 


group photo tour of Miller House and Garden
 

MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN GROUP PHOTO TOUR

A private photography tour of the Miller House and Garden provides an opportunity to capture the work of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley. During this tour, still photography is permitted. Photos are for personal use only and cannot be used in any commercial manner. Flash photography, tripods, and other photographic equipment are not permitted on this tour. Miller House and Garden tours begin at the Columbus Area Visitor Center. The property is in a residential area and entry is by a 13-passenger van provided at the Visitors Center.

Call 800-468-6564 for booking details.

Tour length: 90 minutes
Tours are provided for private groups.
Tour price: $60 per person with a minimum charge of $360

 

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