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COLUMBUS TOUR OPTIONS

Tours regularly fill to capacity – RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY

Columbus, Indiana tour bus

ARCHITECTURE BUS TOUR

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).

Price : Adults $25, Students $15, fees included
Duration : 2 hours
Bus tour, minimal walking
Begins and ends at Visitors Center
Tue – Fri at 10 am / Sat at 10 am and 2 pm / Sun at 2 pm

Learn more about the architecture tour

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

MILLER HOUSE AND GARDEN TOUR

Tour 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.

Price : $25, includes all fees
Duration : 90 minutes
Interior and exterior home tour
Tours begin and end at The Columbus Area Visitors Center, 506 Fifth Street
(no public access at the house)
12:45 and 2:45 pm Tue – Sat / 12:45 Sun

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

Learn more about the Miller House Tour

Exhibit Columbus tour, Conversation Plinth and Large Arch

EXHIBIT COLUMBUS WALKING TOUR

Experience a guided walking tour of the 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, as well as students and professors from Midwestern universities. The complete tour experience takes 90 minutes. This tour is headphones-enhanced, bring your own pair of earbuds or headphones, if you choose.

This tour is offered August 29 – November 25
Price : $12
Duration
: 90 minutes
Guided walking tour
Begins and ends at Visitors Center

Inn at Irwin Gardens, from east

INN AT IRWIN GARDENS WINTER 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 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
Duration : 60 minutes
Guided interior tour
Begins and ends at The Inn at Irwin Gardens

Smartphone self-guided tour

SELF-GUIDED SMARTPHONE TOURS

Price : free
Duration : your own pace

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 below, or pick up FREE COPIES at the Visitors Center

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

 

Group tours

INTERESTED IN TOURS FOR YOUR GROUP?

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

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