Bank by architect Harry Weese, photo by Thomas R. Schiff
ARCHITECTURE HIGHLIGHTS BUS TOUR
ABOUT THE TOUR
The architecture bus tour drives by over thirty significant structures and works of art and includes two interior stops, depending on availability.
Discover how a small Midwestern city became a modern architecture “mecca,” boasting work by big names like Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, and I.M. Pei. Find out why “Columbus, Indiana and J. Irwin Miller are almost holy words in architectural circles,” according to New York Times architecture critic Paul Goldberger. Discover how a city of 46,000 became ranked sixth in the nation for innovation and design by The American Institute of Architects, 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.
And, find out why actor John Cho said, “(Columbus) is kind of a wondrous place, it’s a bit of an Emerald City.”
Tour price: $25, student price $20
Tour length: 2 hours
Bus tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center
Children younger than 6 years old, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on this tour. All guests must purchase a ticket, regardless of age.
See tour times and buy tickets.
Tours often sell out well in advance, so book tour early.
FInd out about private and group tours.
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.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our children?
This guided tour is appropriate for children 6 and older. Children younger than 6 years old, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on this tour. All guests must purchase a ticket, regardless of age.
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, please call 812-378-2622 or 800-468-6564 to book a reservation with a wheelchair accommodation. Calling at least two weeks in advance of tour date is necessary to ensure accommodation.
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History in the making
Amazing experience at Columbus…Only had 1 day to see the main highlights of the city (as my trip was related to business), but the Architecture Tours’ team made it easy! I specially loved the “Inn at Irwin Gardens” visit. A magnificent property that takes you to the past, and allows you to understand a bit of the history behind this beautiful town…cannot miss it!
– posted by VeroBBD1S of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, on Tripadvisor, April 2019
Great tours of a progressive place...
We did the architectural landmarks tour and Miller House tour. They were both terrific! The staff at the Visitors Center couldn’t have been nicer and are so obviously proud of their community. It’s a fascinating story that involves a public-minded scion of industry – a story that is still taking place today. Tour guides quite knowledgeable. Would like to come back to do the walking tour. I expect these are the kinds of tours where you can learn something new every time.
– posted by Ann from Louisville on Tripadvisor, April 2019
Well worth the visit...
We were visiting friends near Columbus and were thinking we’d be bored out of our minds in small town Indiana. In fact, Columbus has a lot going on and the architecture of city is one of the hidden wonders of the state. So many cool new (at the time) ideas about life and living and our relationship with our environment play out in real world terms in the form or architecture. The tours offered here are top notch. We learned a lot and got to do it on a beautiful day. Fascinating. Our guide was wonderful – and she’s funny!
– Posted by Joey on Tripadvisor, March 2019
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