ABOUT THE COLUMBUS AREA VISITORS CENTER

COME INSIDE!

The Visitors Center includes a gift shop, as well as the Yellow Neon Chandelier and Persians by glass artist Dale Chihuly, and serves as the starting point for tours, which feature architecture, public art, the Miller House and Garden, and landmarks.

CONTACT

506 Fifth Street
Columbus, Indiana
47201

Find us

800-468-6564
812-378-2622

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HOURS

Monday – Saturday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST)

Sundays
12:00 to 5:00 pm (EST) – closed Sundays Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar

THE VISITORS CENTER IS CLOSED:

  • New Year’s Eve Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day, open 12 – 4 pm only, no tours
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day, open 12 – 4 pm only, no tours
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

The Visitors Center actively markets the uniqueness and advantages of the Columbus/Bartholomew County community while engaging and educating visitors, overnight guests, and residents.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Justin Booth, President
  • Brenda Vogel, Vice President
  • Cindy Waddle, Secretary/Treasurer
  • Jenny Kim, Governance Committee
  • Lisa Shafran, Governance Committee
  • Michael Dean
  • Alan Degner
  • Lia Elliott
  • C. Jordan Hilber
  • Lynne Hyatt
  • Amit Patel
  • Brian Payne
  • Beth Booth Poor
  • Diane Robbins
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APPLYING FOR TOURISM GRANTS

Visitors Center Inc. (VCI) maintains a grants pool from which tax-exempt organizations may request support for programs and events that will bring visitors into Bartholomew County, positively impact the quality of life in Bartholomew County, and/or support the mission of VCI. Since the source of these funds is the County Innkeeper’s Tax, a tax paid by visitors to the community and collected by lodging properties, all grants made from these funds must fall under the accepted uses as defined in Indiana Code 6-9-18-1.

Grant requests are evaluated by the VCI Tourism Development Committee, a sub committee of the VCI Board of Directors.

Questions regarding the grant program should be directed to Robin Gray, rgray(at)columbus.in.us

APPLYING FOR SPORTS EVENT GRANTS

The Columbus Area Visitors Center recognizes the importance sporting events provide in making a positive impact on the quality of life in our community. We can assist your organization, providing your sporting event meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • generates year-round overnight visitations
  • generates media exposure for the city and county
  • contributes to the quality of life in our community

For more information, please contact sports@columbus.in.us.