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COLUMBUS TOUR OPTIONS

Tours regularly fill to capacity – RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

ARCHITECTURE BUS TOUR

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CITY HALL

Price : $25
Duration : 2 hours

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).

Learn more about the architecture tour

Price : $25, including all fees
Duration : 2 hours
Bus tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR

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Miller House and Garden conversation pit

Price : $25
Duration : 90 min.

Visit one of the most important examples of mid-century modern residential architecture in the country. This hallmark of modern design showcases the talents of architect Eero Saarinen, designer Alexander Girard, and landscape architect Dan Kiley.

Learn more about The Miller House and Garden Tour

Price : $25
Duration : 90 minutes
Interior and exterior home tour – tours begin and end at The Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street (not at the house)

The guided tour is oriented to adults and children over 10 – please note only children over 10 are allowed on the tour and all guests must purchase a ticket

DOWNTOWN LANDMARKS WALKING TOUR

Tour on the library plaza
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Price : $10
Duration : 90 min.

Get an insider’s look at downtown Columbus, including exclusive access to 301 Washington Street, the personal office of J Irwin Miller, community benefactor and champion of the arts.

This tour is seasonal and offered April – October.

See tour times and buy tickets
Price : $10
Duration : 90 minutes

Guided walking tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

EXHIBIT COLUMBUS WALKING TOUR

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Exhibit Columbus installation

Price : $12
Duration : 90 min.

Experience a guided walking tour of Exhibit Columbus’ inaugural exhibition. The tour includes an overview of many of the 18 installations around downtown and the iconic Columbus landmarks and sites they’ve been created in relationship to. The tour will highlight the five Miller Prize installations, but will also explore installations by international designers, and students, and professors from Midwestern universities. The complete tour experience takes 90 minutes.

This tour is offered August 26 – October 27.

Price : $12
Duration : 90 minutes

Guided walking tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

THE INN AT IRWIN GARDENS TOUR

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inn at irwin gardens tour

Price : $15
Duration : 60 min.

Get an insider’s look at the Irwin House, the Irwin family home, and childhood home of J. Irwin Miller, virtually unchanged since 1910. This 60-minute tour of the first floor and the gardens gives a unique glimpse into the history and lifestyle of the Edwardian-era family that sparked Columbus’ modern architecture development. Discover the early origins of Cummins Engine Company, when Clessie Cummins worked for the Irwin family as chauffeur and mechanic.

This tour is seasonal and offered May – October.

See tour times and buy tickets
Price : $15
Duration : 60 minutes
Guided interior and gardens tour
Begins and ends at The Inn at Irwin Gardens

SELF-GUIDED SMARTPHONE TOUR

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Ivana with map

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

Access supplemental information about the stops on the art and architecture guide with your smartphone.

NOTE – This tour is a supplement to the “Guide to Art and Architecture” map, available for $3 at the Visitors Center, Hotel Indigo, and Viewpoint Bookstore.

Go to the mobile tour >

Price : FREE
Self-guided tour

 

SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOURS

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bike tours in Columbus

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

The Columbus Area Visitors Center and the Parks and Recreation Foundation teamed up to create self-guided bike tours of Columbus, for a variety of biking levels. Start at the Visitors Center or the Parks and Recreation office to pick up the free maps, grab a bikeshare bike (or use your own), and explore Columbus at your own speed.

Find out more about these tours and the bikeshare program

 

INTERESTED IN TOURS FOR YOUR GROUP?

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GROUP TOURS
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Group tours are always available for groups of ten or more – call 800-468-6564 for booking details.

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