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Miller House and Garden Tour

506 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201
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Ranked #2 of 7 Activities in Columbus
Type: Tours
Owner description: The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley. In 2000, the... more » Owner description: The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley. In 2000, the Miller House became a National Historic Landmark. The home, completed in 1957,was described in the Wall Street Journal as "...not only a landmark of modern architecture but also a fine example, possibly the finest, of a kind of modernist design with which too few are familiar, one that is warm, livable and majestic as it flows together with the landscape." Guided tours, with only 13 guests per tour, are offered 11 times a week from March through November. « less
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29 reviews 29 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

The IMA runs this 1.5 hour tour that gives you access to the home and grounds of this amazing mid-century home. The volunteer docents are very nice and try to give funny stories about the family that lived here. The home is a collaboration of Eero Saarinen and Alexander Girard's best work....the "conversation pit" alone is worth the trip. Unfortunately... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The tour, available through the IMA and the Visitor's Center, is a great opportunity to step back in time to the late 50s and early 60s. Although it is a piece of modern art in it's own right, it was also a home and it reflects the owner's lives. The layout is in the mid-modern style and very interesting. There... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This is a wonderful example of a mid-century home. It has the best of the time. Our docent, Dody was knowledgeable of the house and the family that had lived there. The house is a beautiful showcase of Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard and Dan Kiley. Reservations are a must. The number per tour is very limited.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

What a perfect complement to our visit to the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit. From start to finish the experience was seamless even though Joyce had to cope with the shuttle being out of commission. She did a great job getting the docents together and making our tour happen. We had limited this group to 26 people after Becky Harper helped... More

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DeWitt, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The house is an architectural masterpiece and our guide, Mary, was able to tell the tell the interesting story of the home. Both the house and the grounds are amazing. Well worth the time if you are interested in architecture.

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Sidney, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

Loved this place. We take a lot of house tours and see a lot of victorian furnishings and lavish interiors, but you don't find many Mid-Century Modern homes preserved. For a group tour organizer, the limit of 13 people per house tour is a bit problematic to coordinate, but worth the trouble. Most of our folks really enjoyed it. At... More

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

The Miller House tour is a fascinating tour of a private home designed by Eero Saarinen. The home was used for many years, and therefore has all sorts of interesting decorative elements. The building itself is starkly white, with the landscaping being enjoyable from indoors as well. The room arrangement is very geometric, echoing the grid lines of the building... More

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Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Interesting and informative tour of a fascinating mid-century modern house. Guide did a great job; answered all our questions and kept the tour moving along as well. Only downside: You cannot take pictures inside the home on a regular tour (special photo tours are available other times at a premium price). In a era when virtually everyone carries smartphones with... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The Miller House Tour (and preceding video at the Columbus Visitor Center) was a wonderful peek at one of Eero Saarinen's most important private commissions. Stark, white floors and walls, and a geometric arrangement of rooms are complemented by Alexander Girard's colorful Scandinavian and folkloric furnishings. It is lovely, and you'll want to sit down in the sunken living room... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Everything about this tour was excellent. Our tour guide Willis was personable, informative and answered all our questions. You don't have to be interested in architecture to enjoy this. The landscaping is beautiful - with the walls of windows you can enjoy the plants and trees inside or out. The house is spectacular. Words can't convey the beauty of the... More

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