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Stewart Bridge in Columbus, Indiana

Visit an Architectural “Mecca” – Columbus, Indiana

John Cho stars in Columbus, the movie!

Find out about the acclaimed new Kogonada movie “Columbus,” which stars John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Parker Posey, Michelle Forbes, and Rory Culkin. – Photo of John Cho by Mike Wolanin, The Republic newspaper

A destination for fans of modern art and architecture

“Known to modernist design geeks the world over.” – The Washington Post
“Columbus has a population of only 44,000, but it’s a surprising trove of Modernism.” – Conde Nast Traveler

A surprising community

Columbus, Indiana is known around the world for its collection of work by renowned architects, landscape architects, and artists. Columbus might be just another small city except for the vision of local leaders who wanted to make Columbus the best community they could. The results speak for themselves – Columbus is ranked sixth in the U.S. for architectural innovation and design, as noted by the American Institute of Architects.

A great destination for a getaway

Columbus is located within the Indianapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati triangle, and is right on your way to just about anywhere in the upper Midwest. We hope you will one day be able to come enjoy the architecture, public art, gardens and landscaping, and a first-rate park system. Check out thousands of photos of Columbus on Pinterest!

Columbus in Style!

No city blends world-class architecture and small-town charm quite like Columbus, Indiana, where art is a way of life and history colors the present.

View the sixteen-page Columbus in Style magazine

Comments from visitors to Columbus


Great experience. We did the Miller House Tour, had a nice lunch downtown by the tourism office, and then did the architecture tour. Both so interesting. Loved it!!

Tripadvisor review
posted June 2017


Columbus is a gem! Made a stop here on our way across the country, and we were more than pleasantly surprised…I wish we’d spent another day in town…we hope to return soon to explore the wonders we did not get to see.

Tripadvisor review
posted Sep 2017


Few small American towns punch quite as far above their architectural weight as Columbus, Indiana. The city of about 47,000 people may well have the most important modern buildings per capita of any place in the world.

Herman Miller, Why magazine, Sep 2017


There is really no equivalent of Columbus anywhere—there is no other place in which a single philanthropist has placed so much faith in architecture as a means for civic engagement.

Paul Goldberger, architecture critic, April 2017


glass-blowing workshop

Sat, Dec 2

photo by
The Republic newspaper


Columbus is a short side trip from just about anywhere you may be heading!