notice of closure until April 13

The Columbus Indiana Visitors Center will be closed  until April 13 in response to safety concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus.

All tours scheduled during this period are canceled.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

COLUMBUS TOUR OPTIONS 

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

Columbus, Indiana tour bus

Architecture Highlights
Tour

Discover how a small Midwestern city became a modern architecture destination
Tour rates and details...
Whether you’re an architecture expert or are just curious about design, this guided tour is a perfect introduction to Columbus.

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

Children younger than 6, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on this tour. All guests must purchase a ticket, regardless of age

WINTER TOUR SCHEDULE

  • Fridays at 10 am
  • Saturdays at 10 am and 2 pm

Learn more about the architecture tour

Learn about private, group, and special interest tour options

See tour FAQs

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

Miller House & Garden
Tour

Be inspired by one of the nation’s most significant midcentury modern homes
Tour rates and details...
Closed January and February for conservation and preservation activities – book now for March and beyond

Be inspired by the story of three top designers working with exceptional clients to create one of the nation’s most significant midcentury homes, celebrated for its colorful interiors and remarkable landscapes.

Begins and ends at The Columbus Visitors Center (there is no public access at the house)

Price : $25, fees included
Duration : 90 minutes

WINTER TOUR SCHEDULE

  • Jan – closed for conservation
  • Feb – closed for conservation
  • Mar – Fridays and Saturdays at 12:45 pm AND 2:45 pm

Children younger than 10, including toddlers and infants, are not permitted on this tour. All guests must purchase a ticket, regardless of age

Learn more about the Miller House Tour

Learn about private, group, and special interest tour options

See tour FAQs

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

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.

Inn at Irwin Gardens, from east

ICONIC COLUMBUS
TOUR

Experience the iconic styles of architecture, from modernist to historic Victorian (SEASONAL - Book now for April and beyond)
Tour rates and details...
Experience the iconic styles of architecture, from modernist to historic Victorian. See three interiors, including an exclusive tour of J. Irwin Miller’s office, featuring Alexander Girard’s work (subject to availability).

Price : $12, 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

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

Inn at Irwin Gardens Winter House Tour

Get an insider’s look at the Irwin Home in all its grandeur, virtually unchanged since 1910
Tour rates and details...
Get an insider’s look at the Irwin House, the Irwin family home, and childhood home of J. Irwin Miller, virtually unchanged since 1910. Get a unique glimpse into the history and lifestyle of the Edwardian-era family that sparked Columbus’ modern architecture development.

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

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

Columbus, Indiana tour bus

Historic Zaharakos
Tour

Tour the historic ice cream parlor and museum
Tour rates and details...

Get an exclusive look at the private second floor and elegant Crystal Parlor preserved in stunning 1900 Victorian fashion. Before you go, indulge in your favorite ice cream treat, such as a Green River.

Price : $15
Duration : 60 minutes
Guided interior tour
Begins and ends at Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor

Learn more about the Zaharakos Tour.

Eligible for American Institute of Architects LUs

MORE TOURS

Smartphone self-guided tour
SELF-GUIDED TOURS
Details...
Explore Columbus at your own pace using your phone. Follow Google maps, listen to exclusive commentary from architecture experts, and learn about Columbus’ history. View up to 82 stops on the Downtown and City loops. Printed maps are available at the Visitors Center for $3.

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

Bikeshare bikers at Irwin Conference Center, Columbus, Indiana
SELF-GUIDED BIKE TOURS
Details...
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

Group tours
GROUP TOURS
Details...
The Visitors Center is excited to offer private tours of architectural highlights, Miller House, museums, foodie experiences, and more. Talk with one of our staff members to create an itinerary perfect for your group.

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