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Miller House and Garden Tour

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Address: 506 Fifth Street, Columbus, IN 47201
Phone Number: 8123782622
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Description: The Miller House showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and...
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.
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A Must See!

This is mid-century architecture at its finest. Study the design, the storage, the creativity that the Miller's implemented into this marvelous home.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This is mid-century architecture at its finest. Study the design, the storage, the creativity that the Miller's implemented into this marvelous home.

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Hamilton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

My husband and I enjoy touring architecturally unique homes. This one did not disappoint. The tour begins with a video at the Columbus Visitor's Center to get some background. Our tour guide began the "guiding" during the 5-10 minute bus ride to the Miller House. He was great- extremely knowledgeable and took his time with us so we got the... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Gifted to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Miller home is a gem. It has been preserved with many of the original fittings and furnishings, many themselves custom-designed for the home by leading architects and designers. It's clean and simple in its lines, with beautiful large windows encouraging indoor/outdoor aesthetic flow. That also makes the garden spaces important. Their design... More 

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Louisville, KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

A must-see for fans of mid-century modern design. Includes interesting history about the Miller family and their architect, Eero Saarinen. The tour begins at the Columbus, IN Visitors Center (gift shop and restrooms available) with a short film. Then you are driven to and from the house by air-conditioned bus. The inside tour is conducted by a knowledgeable and friendly... More 

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Columbus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

My granddaughter and I took the tour of the Miller home. While I had been in this home in the 1960s, I was amazed at how well the home was preserved and presented. The tour guide was knowledgeable and added to the experience. This is a must see on visits to Columbus.

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Columbus, OH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This Saarinen house is one of only a handful of homes he designed, for that reason alone it's worth a tour. The home is beautifully maintained with many furnishings from the original interior design, accentuating the period feel of the home. I recommend booking in advance as the tour is limited to a small group of people and isn't conducted... More 

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Bedford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

After several years of thinking about doing this, I finally joined friends to tour the Miller House in Columbus, IN. We had reservations and it was $25 each. Tour started with a short video at the Visitor's Center and then we boarded a small and comfortable bus for the short trip to the Miller House. Since it is very modern,... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

No lie. This house is perfection. Why? Because it was a real home to a family of seven who just happened to live in a residence designed by eliel saarinen, with interiors by alexander girard and landscaping by dan kiley. Get out, right?! Don't rely on images because, actually, they don't do it justice. If you are even remotely intrigued... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

It's a casual and lovely tour of a mid century modern home. It is gorgeous inside and the grounds are remarkable. For my taste, it was a little cold. I mean, I can't imagine kids running thru the halls laughing and playing - but from and architectural and entertaining standpoint it is worth the visit.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Do not miss this! Buy online tickets before you come so that you can go. They only take 24 people a day. Saarinen created the conversation pit here. Eames created outdoor furniture here. It is a gem, inside and out.

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