Bank by architect Harry Weese, photo by Thomas R. Schiff



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. 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 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 $20
Tour length: 2 hours

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

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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, 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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Chicago, IL visitor

As a Chicagoan who appreciates architecture, Columbus is a must visit.

Google review
posted July 2018

San Francisco, CA visitor

We were so impressed with the city of Columbus. The Architecture tour and the Miller House tour were both fabulous. The guides were very knowledgeable and engaging. We have traveled many places and this city and these tours rank right up there. We would highly recommend touring Columbus. Plus the Visitors Center is beautiful and welcoming with a very friendly staff.

Yelp review
posted June 2018

United Kingdom visitor

Architecture geeks won’t need reminding that visiting Columbus is an essential part of their education. However, many people don’t know about this fascinating city and its exceptional collection of twentieth century modern architecture…

Tripadvisor review
posted October 2017


Miller House

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First Baptist Church - Harry Weese

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

Charles Osgood of CBS News Sunday Morning on Washington Street

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


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