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 (depending on availability).

Discover how a city of 46,000 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.

And, 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

Tours were excellent. A nice day starts with the two-hour 10 AM bus tour and then the 2:45 PM Miller house tour, so you can get a nice lunch and walk around a little in between the two tours. Everything is very well organized and informative.

Tripadvisor review
posted Aug 2017

Los Angeles visitor

I had never been on any kind of architectural tour and was never very interested, so I arrived as a ‘newbie’ and was I so WONDERFULLY pleased and surprised. The Tours are all very well designed, organized, well priced, and an absolute must for anyone visiting the city.

Tripadvisor review
posted Sep 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.