This guided bus tour shows many of the more than 70 notable buildings and public art installations created by the likes of Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, I.M. Pei, Henry Moore, and Dale Chihuly.

Discover how a city of 45,000 became the home to so much world-class architecture and public art. Find out why the American Institute of Architects ranked Columbus sixth in the nation for innovation and design, right up there with San Francisco and Boston. Discover why National Geographic Traveler put Columbus at the very top of its list of United States historic destinations.

Find out why actor John Cho said, “(Columbus) is kind of a wonderous place, it’s a bit of an Emerald City.”

Tour price: $25, student price $15

Tour length: 2 hours

See tour times and buy tickets.

Tours often sell out well in advance, so book tour early.


Do I need a reservation?

Booking at least two weeks in advance of your visit is highly recommended to ensure you will be able to get seats on a tour, which often sell out, especially in the summer and fall months.

May I bring children?

Yes, but all tour guests must purchase a ticket, including children.
Please note that the architecture tour is not recommended for young children.

My I bring a pet?

Pets are not allowed on the tour; however, service dogs are welcome.

What is the time zone?

Indiana is in the Eastern time zone.

Is there wheelchair accessibility?

Yes, but call 800-468-6564 to make wheelchair accommodations immediately after booking your tour so we make necessary arrangements.

Chicago, Illinois visitor

Mini vacation – A short road trip from Chicago to an interesting, friendly city with architectural highlights. Restaurants and food excellent.

Tripadvisor review
posted April 2017

Los Angeles, CA visitor

An absolutely amazing civic accomplishment, proving that a person with vision can start a movement that will be followed for the next 50-100 years. Columbus is chock full of amazing modern architecture by some of the greatest architects of our times. And it’s all on the scale of a small Midwestern town. Stunning.

Tripadvisor review
posted April 2017

Dayton, Ohio visitor

Fantastic bus tour around town. As an architect, I really appreciated the work of the great architects of the mid-century. As I observe buildings in my home town, I can see where the local architects got their inspiration. Well worth the cost and I hope to go back again soon.

Tripadvisor review
posted Feb. 2017


MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR – the must-see of must-sees for architecture lovers

THE HARRY WEESE LEGACY – you’ll run into the works of the Chicago architect everywhere in Columbus

CBS SUNDAY MORNING – The week Charles Osgood and CBS came to Columbus for their annual design show.