The Columbus Visitors Center Welcome Center and Gift Shop
BEGIN YOUR VISIT AT THE VISITORS CENTER at 506 Fifth Street, in the heart of downtown, where the staff can help you plan your time in Columbus. Park for free, then come inside for:
- Help selecting city tours
- Maps, brochures, city guides
- Free videos about Columbus, shown any time
- The Dale Chihuly Yellow Neon Chandelier and Persians
- A big, beautiful gift shop
The gift shop has handcrafted items by local and regional artists and Columbus-themed items.
View the Dale Chihuly Yellow Chandelier and Persians and even purchase your own Chihuly glass!
Find out what bloggers suggest for your visit to Columbus.
Artist Jeff Hagan captured the city of Columbus in his unique style, and it is available for sale in the gift shop. See it here. Jeff has also created a painting that honors local native Chuck Taylor. See it here.
Raleigh, North Carolina visitor
For anyone visiting Columbus for the architecture, this should be the first stop.
Tripadvisor reviewer from Raleigh, North Carolina
Google Plus reviewer
Large clean building loaded with art. People were super friendly and helpful. Easy to find from main street.
Posted by Stacey, June 2017
We stopped in Columbus on our way from St. Louis to NYC. Well worth the detour. We toured the Miller House, which was amazing. Highly recommended.
Posted by Richard S., July 15, 2017
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BUY YOUR OWN CHIHULY
The Studio Editions by Dale Chihuly are available for purchase at the Columbus Visitors Center Gift Shop. You can visit Columbus to see the Yellow Neon Chandelier and Persians, as well as the Sun Garden Panels in Suspended Circle, then stop at the gift shop to buy a Studio Edition to take home with you!
Get more information about buying Chihuly art and glass
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THE ART AND ARCHITECTURE
It’s the only comprehensive guide to the art and architecture of Columbus.
- Columbus, Indiana: A Look at Modern Architecture and Art, Eighth Edition, published in 2013
- A catalog of the modern architecture, public art, and historic buildings of Columbus, Indiana
- Color photography, including interiors and details
- Fourteen new projects from the last fourteen years
- Includes 72 buildings, 37 works of public art, and 16 historic buildings
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Architects’ Gravesites is an architectural guide like no other, revealing as much about mortality as about monumentality, featuring a forward by Barry Bergdoll and afterword by Paul Goldberger.
Kuehn’s book offers an alphabetical listing, from Alvar Aalto and Dankmar Adler (Louis Sullivan’s partner) to Frank Lloyd Wright and Minoru Yamasaki (designer of the Word Trade Center’s twin towers). Each entry includes a brief note on the architect’s career and a color photograph of the site. For example, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is buried in Chicago under a simple granite slab designed by his architect grandson; Louise Bethune, the first American woman to become a professional architect, is buried under a headstone inscribed only with her husband’s name (a plaque honoring her achievements was installed later); Philip Johnson’s ashes were spread in his rose garden, with no marker, across the street from his famous Glass House; and the grave of Pierre L’Enfant in Arlington National Cemetery offers a breathtaking view of Washington, D.C., the city he designed.
- Authored by Columbus tour guide Henry Kuehn
- Published 2017 by MIT Press
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This unique presentation of midcentury Modernist mecca Columbus, Indiana, skillfully combines Thomas Schiff’s love of photography and architecture in Columbus, presenting more than fifty exteriors and interiors by celebrated architects and designers in a singular panoramic format. Providing a fresh perspective for these notable historic buildings, this book is the perfect gift for architecture and photography fans alike.
- Columbus, Indiana: Midwestern Modernist Mecca, by Thomas R. Schiff, published 2013
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