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, 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.

Columbus is featured on the cover of The 2018 Indiana Travel Guide

Chicago, IL visitor

Architecture tour was fun and interesting, and the town is even more fun. We very much enjoyed it and thought the guide was very informative. After the tour, we explored the rest of the town, which I would recommend.

Tripadvisor review
posted Mar 2018

Pasadena, CA visitor

Thank you, Docent Willis, for the most incredible tour of Columbus’s many modern architectural gems. The story of this city and its quest to incorporate architectural/landscape/artwork of significance is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Tripadvisor review
posted Feb 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

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Columbus Area Visitors Center
506 Fifth Street, Columbus Indiana 47201
812-378-2622 | 800-468-6564