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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 the Visitors Center
Saturdays at 10:00 am

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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)
Fridays and Saturdays at 12:45 and 2:45 pm

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

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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

Group tours

GROUP TOUR OPTIONS

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