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.
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Tours often sell out well in advance, so book tour early.
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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.
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Reviews of the Architecture Tour
Great architectural tour run by wonderful people - San Francisco visitor
“The tour office contacted me the week before my visit to check on my plans. That’s when I discovered that I booked the wrong day. They promptly moved my reservation to the next Sunday. Such a nice thing to do. We thoroughly enjoyed the architectural bus tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. The exclusive visit into Eero Saarinen’s church was the highlight, but the rest of the architecture we saw were equally delightful. I wish I had another day to explore the other buildings in this remarkable city!” (Tripadvisor review, posted Aug 2019)
Columbus is an amazing small city - New Jersey visitor
“Excellent tour — very interesting, well managed and some beautiful architecture to be seen. Columbus is an amazing small city. The pride people have for their town is evident in every corner. It is amazing to see what the effort to encourage churches, schools, industries and businesses of every size to engage world class architects can do for the entire community all. The tour is just right: a knowledgeable guide, a comfortable bus, and wide variety of architecture make for a very rewarding experience.” – Tripadvisor review by JerseyKid, posted Jul 31, 2019
Great tours of a progressive place - Louisville visitor
“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
History in the making - Mexico visitor
“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
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