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
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

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

Learn more about the architecture tour

Learn about private, group, and special interest tour options

See tour FAQs

Eligible for AIA continuing education credits

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

Miller House
and Garden Tour

Guided interior and exterior home tour

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

Price : $25, fees included
Duration : 90 minutes

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

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 AIA continuing education credits

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

This 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 modernism to contemporary, designed by some of the most enduring names in architecture. The tour features two interior stops.

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 AIA continuing education credits

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

EXHIBIT COLUMBUS: Good Design and the Community

Experience a guided walking tour of the 2019 Exhibition. This fast-paced 90-minute tour includes an overview of many of the 18 installations around downtown and the sites they have been created in relationship to. Explore the five Miller Prize installations, and installations by international designers, and students, and professors from Midwestern universities. The Exhibit Columbus 2019 Exhibition highlights the idea that good design, at any scale, has the power to inspire and connect us all.

Price : $12
Duration : 90 minutes
Guided walking tour
Begins and ends at the Visitors Center

August 24 – November 9 as part of Exhibit Columbus

Fri and Sat at 1:30 pm

Miller House tour, Columbus, Indiana

Inn at Irwin Gardens
House Tour

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

Eligible for AIA continuing education credits

Columbus, Indiana tour bus

HISTORIC ZAHARAKOS
TOUR

Step back in time with Zaharakos’ historian on a tour of the historic ice cream parlor and museum.

You will get an exclusive tour of the private second story, which houses the Mechanical Music Library, Soda Fountain Library, and the elegant Crystal Parlor suite of Victorian rooms where the Zaharako family lived until 1914.

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

Learn more about the Zaharakos Tour.

Eligible for AIA continuing education credits

OTHER TOUR OPTIONS

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

 

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Chaos I photo at top of this page by Tony Vasquez