COLUMBUS TOUR OPTIONS

Tours regularly fill to capacity – RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY – see tour FAQS

Columbus, Indiana tour bus

Architecture Highlights
Bus 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 structures by names like Eero Saarinen, Harry Weese, Kevin Roche, and I.M. Pei.

Price : $25 Adults, $20 Students, fees included
Duration : 2 hours
Bus tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

April – November: Tue – Thu at 10 am / Fri – Sat at 10 and 2 pm / Sun at 2:30 pm
December – March: Sat at 10 am

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Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

Miller House
and Garden Tour

Get a glimpse of Christmas at the Miller family home. This holiday season, tour one of the finest expressions of American modernism.

Xenia Miller was a prolific collector of crèches (nativity scenes) from all over the world. During this time, get an exclusive look at a selection of unique crèches and other holiday decorations from her collection.

The Miller House and Garden will be decorated for Christmas from November 26th through December.

Price : $25, fees included
Duration : 90 minutes
Interior and exterior home tour
Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center (there is no public access at the house)
The guided tour is oriented to adults and children 10 and older and all guests must purchase a ticket

April – November: Tue – Sat at 12:45 and 2:45 pm / Sun at 12:45 pm
December & March: Fri – Sat at 12:45 and 2:45 pm
January and February: Closed

Learn more about the Miller House Tour

Learn about private, group, and special interest tour options

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Tours at Miller House and Garden are made possible through the Columbus Area Visitors Center. Miller House and Garden is owned and cared for by Newfields.

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

Christmas at
Miller House Tour

This special evening tour provides a rare opportunity to experience the Miller House after dark to see the house in a whole new light and experience Christmas at the Miller House on one of 3 evening tours.

The Miller House and Garden will be decorated for Christmas from November 26th through December. Xenia Miller was a prolific collector of crèches (nativity scenes) from all over the world. During this time, get an exclusive look at a selection of unique crèches and other holiday decorations from her collection.

November 30, December 14th, and 28th at 6:30 pm

Price: $50 per person
Reception begins at 6:00 pm
Shuttle departs at 6:30 pm
The 90-minute tour experience begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center (there is no public access at the house)
The guided tour is oriented to adults and children 10 and older and all guests must purchase a ticket

See tour FAQs

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

Inn at Irwin Gardens
Winter House Tour

This winter, get an insider’s look at the Irwin House, the Irwin family home, and childhood home of J. Irwin Miller, virtually unchanged since 1910. The 60-minute tour features an extensive look at the first floor and when available will include one of the upstairs private suites. The tour 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.

Price : $15
Durations : 60 minutes
Guided interior tour
Begins and ends at Inn at Irwin

October – March: Sun and Tue at 1 pm, check-in at 12:45
December: Sun, Tue and Sat at 1 pm, check-in at 12:45

Smartphone self-guided tour

Self-Guided
Smartphone Tours

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

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

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 for smartphone >

You may also download PDF maps of some suggested itineraries, or pick up FREE COPIES at the Visitors Center

Group tours

Group Tour
Options

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

Bikeshare bikers at Irwin Conference Center, Columbus, Indiana

SELF-GUIDED
BIKE TOURS

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, rent a bikeshare bike (or use your own), and explore Columbus at your own speed.

Find out more about these tours and the bikeshare program

 

Inn at Irwin Gardens, from east

Downtown Landmarks
Walking Tour (seasonal)

This walking tour of downtown offers a thoughtful overview of some of Columbus’ most lasting architecture. Along the way, you’ll encounter a variety of architectural styles from historic Victorian and iconic modernism to contemporary designed by some of the most enduring names in architecture. The tour features two interiors, which when available are, Eliel Saarinen’s First Christian Church and Alexander Girard’s 301 Washington Street office of J. Irwin Miller, community benefactor and champion of the arts.

Price : $12 Adults, fees included
Duration : 90 minutes
Guided walking tour
Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center

April – October
Wed and Sat at 10:30 am

 

Chaos I photo at top of this page by Tony Vasquez